Episode 24 - The Imposter Syndrome

February 9, 2017

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. Part of being human is having negative thoughts creep in and cloud your mind – these are the “dragons” that hinder people from reaching their goals. But, should these thoughts have all the power? How do we counteract the negativity? Listen as Kayvon and Dai takes us into a deeper discussion of The Imposter Syndrome and provide you with tips on how you can control your dragons.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:28 – Introduction to the podcast
  • 01:27 – Dai and Kayvon met at Crossfit
  • 02:09 – Today’s episode is about the Imposter Syndrome
  • 02:30 – Imposter Syndrome is the situation people get into when they set out to pursue a goal or dream
  • 03:00 – Steven Pressfield’s books, Do the Work and The War of Art explain the Imposter Syndrome
  • 03:25 – As human beings, the next thing that comes to our minds after positive thoughts is negative thoughts
  • 04:15 – You can’t get away from negative thoughts, but you can learn to control them
  • 04:30 – “Defeat the resistance”
  • 05:11 – The Imposter Syndrome causes entrepreneurs to think they are not able enough to achieve their goals
  • 06:03 – Kayvon shares about his experience with the Imposter Syndrome
  • 07:14 – The Imposter Syndrome is just an illusion
  • 07:47 – Dai alludes to the book, The Secret
  • 08:48 – The first step in dealing with Imposter Syndrome is knowing that it isn’t the only voice you hear or have
  • 09:39 – Acknowledge the voice, first, before dealing with it
  • 10:09 – Kayvon explains that people get inspired from biographies because people see the “human” inside those success stories
  • 10:32 – The Domino Effect is like a vortex
  • 11:07 – Life is like a spiral that goes either up or down
  • 11:49 – All you have to do is to change the first direction of your path
  • 12:39 – “Remember, it’s not as big and scary as it feels”
  • 13:14 – “Remember your previous successes in life”
  • 14:04 – Dai wrote an article about his experience running his first half-marathon, this year
  • 14:40 – How you deal with the Imposter Syndrome is totally up to you
  • 15:46 – Dai shares about Kayvon’s mental fortitude
  • 17:39 – Kayvon heard about his mental fortitude from a lot of different people over the past year
  • 18:02 – What Kayvon thinks of himself is the exact opposite of what people think about him
  • 19:36 – Kayvon shares a conversation he had with his daughter, in 2013
  • 21:30 – Catch that positive thought in yourself BEFORE the negative thoughts creep in
  • 22:53 – Turn your dream to a vision, and then, a plan
  • 23:28 – Kayvon sets a criteria that defines success in order to bring clarity to his mind
  • 25:27 – It’s just one day at a time
  • 26:12 – If what you are doing is public, backing out is so much harder to do
  • 28:59 – There are real moments of self-doubt, but that’s when you have to remind yourself that you CAN do it
  • 29:30 – Dai believes it comes down to self-introspection
  • 31:45 – Reach out to people when you need help
  • 32:49 – Reach out and leave us a comment on iTunes!

3 Key Points:

  1. We’re only human—it’s normal to have negative thoughts and experience the Imposter Syndrome at different times in your life.
  2. You cannot eliminate the possibility of having negative thoughts, BUT you can learn to control them.
  3. Know yourself and believe that you CAN do whatever you set out to do.
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