Making your own path in business requires authenticity and boldness. But it can be easy to fall into the trap of ‘faking it until you make it’. Learning to be vulnerable and acknowledge your blindspots is one of the best things you can do to build a long-lasting business. Here we will unveil constructive steps to let go of the shield of self-protection and deal with the root of feeling unqualified for business.
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Fear of not being a recognised authority
Do you struggle with imposter’s syndrome- where you fear your inadequacies and lack of knowledge will be exposed? Is your confidence built on validation provided by customers, employees, family and friends and when your performance is overlooked, you start to panic?
Most of us bring a shadow into our business of self-doubt stemmed from past failures or critical words spoken to us that confirm our deepest fear- we are not good enough to be called an expert let alone qualified to be in business in the first place. It’s easy to conceal these thoughts and put up a veneer of self-confidence, as facilitated by social media platforms that aid us to put our best front on. However by not confronting our weakness and being honest with ourselves and others, we carry the weight of having to hide our insecurities and stay isolated from the people that can help us in our business endeavours.
Our culture puts a lot of weight on the individual. You work hard, invest in yourself and you will succeed. But this overemphasis on personal effort can overlook an even greater ingredient to success: you need to surround yourself with people better than you! Most of us have strengths but we are not great at everything. The more we try to do everything and be everything to everyone, the harder we make it to fulfill our potential.
If looking at your weaknesses is daunting, remember that great strength can come when we give our shortcomings to God. Like the Apostle Paul, we too can see that God’s power is available when we start to confront our limitations.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
One practical way to acknowledge your weakness and cultivate humility is to develop an advisory board as a way to reach out to colleagues and mentors. Realise you are only one person and that without accessing the strengths of others, you will never reach your potential in business. Not only this, but your business will never make the transformative impact needed for the Kingdom.