[DIAL AN EXPERT] Tanya Geisler on Imposter Complex EP#385

Mar 21, 2021

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You land a promotion you’ve been working toward for ages and instantly a barrage of commentary from your inner critic pipes in, “Just wait until they find out you have no idea what you are doing. You know it’s just a matter of time before they find you out.” Or maybe you are about to have your art featured in a high-profile exhibit, or you landed a lead role in a play you auditioned for, or your band is going to headline a major event and instead of thrill and excitement for this accomplishment, your inner shit-talker goes on a bender. “When they see who you really are, they’re going to regret giving you this opportunity. Who do you think you are!?”

If you’ve landed in the murky territory of the Imposter Complex, you are certainly not alone. In fact, some of the greatest minds of our time have admitted to struggling with feeling as though they are about to be “found out”. So, the great news is that Tina Fey, Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, and Meryl Streep are living proof that this debilitating thought process doesn’t have to thwart your success. But, how? How does one move through the gloomy feeling of “I’m a fraud!”?

In this week’s show, I am thrilled to dial-up an expert on the subject. Tanya Geisler is a dear friend and colleague and one of the foremost experts on the subject of the imposter complex. She shares the specific behaviors we tend to employ (hint: perfectionism, people-pleasing, etc.) when in the throws of the imposter complex and what we can do to start shifting that narrative.

This pod explores:

  • Why it’s not really a syndrome and why we need to stop calling it that
  • The origin of Imposter Complex and how that affects us today
  • The connection between your self-worth and feeling like an imposter and what to do about it
  • Figuring out what your imposter complex go-to behaviors are

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THIS WEEK’S ‘DIAL AN EXPERT’ GUESTIE

Tanya Geisler is a certified Leadership Coach, TEDxWomen speaker, and writer who teaches high-performing leaders how to combat their Imposter Complex and lead with impeccable impact so they can achieve their ultimate goals. Her clients include best-selling authors, public speakers, and rockstar motivators.

Check her out HERE.

Read her article on the 12 Lies of the Imposter Complex.

Take the Quiz to find out what Imposter Complex behaviors you may be leaning on.

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I'm a sassy-ass life coach and hypnotherapist who specializes in all things self-worth and confidence. I help aspiring badasses (hint: that's YOU!) stand up for themselves without being assholes. As in... telling your mom to stop butting into your relationship. You feel me, no?

It's time to let go of all that people-pleasing and cultivate some serious "enoughness". You're home, love. You're home.

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