CHARGE in Business and Life Podcast with Gary Wilbers: Episode #209 with Paul N Larsen - Thriving with Imposter Syndrome

Ep: 209 Paul N Larsen

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Paul N Larsen

From flipping hamburgers on Main Street to leading HR for Wall Street, Paul has continually reinvented his distinctive voice to thrive within the craziness of our ever-chaotic world.

As an Impostor Syndrome survivor,  Paul has learned to tame his fake and fraud voice and has successfully coached hundreds of leaders and teams to celebrate their Impostor and find their voice of confidence so that they share their inspiration with others.

His practical, and sometimes laughable, life experiences led him to author the award-winning coaching book, “Find Your VOICE as a Leader”™ (2016, Aviva Publishing).

Paul’s coaching portfolio includes working with the talented global teams and leaders at Twitter, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, SAP and Cisco along with many successful life entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on our world. 

A certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Center Coach, a contributing author with Forbes Coaches Council, and the Founder of the Find Your V.O.I.C.E. as a Leader™ Institute, he offers transformative coaching journeys to find & use your distinctive voice of strength to be your best self.

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Introducing Paul N Larsen

  1. What problem do you solve?
    • He is going to help people celebrate their imposter syndrome so they can thrive with it and not just survive.
  2. What three questions are you going to answer for us today?
    1. What is impostor syndrome?
    2. How do I know when I’m experiencing impostor syndrome versus just having a bad day?
    3. What are the steps I can do to integrate it, celebrate it, and overcome it? What can I do that’s easy?

Show Notes:

  • An easy way to think of impostor syndrome is that it’s when we think we have to be somebody else to be successful.
  • You can be a very confident impostor.
    • It’s what is happening inside us in our mind that says, “No, you have to be somebody else in order to be successful.”
  • The pandemic has offered us an opportunity to open our mind and ask what are we thinking in here?
  • We are so choosy.
  • We let any thought in.
  • The average adult can process more than 12,000 thoughts a day.
  • If we let thoughts nest, they fester.
  • Thoughts have a negativity bias and often come from the day before.
  • We experience impostor syndrome when we have feelings that we’re kind of a fake and a fraud in what we’re doing.
  • 90% of successful professionals have experienced impostor syndrome at least once in their life.
  • New experiences can make you feel like you’re faking it.
  • We feel like we’ll be “found out” and someone will say they realize we don’t know what we’re doing and we must leave.
  • Realize that you are not a fake or a fraud. You have FEELINGS that you are.
  • At the heart of hearts, impostor syndrome is trying to protect us from messing up (if we mess up we can learn).
  • It’s a part of me, so I’m gonna make it work for me.
  • Celebrate the voice and realize it means you have room for growth.
  • Take baby steps to help dilute the voice.
  • Recognize impostor syndrome for what it is.
  • Recognize the value of who you are.
  • Stop and take a breath.
  • If I can do it, then anyone can.

Paul N Larsen’s Recharge Round

  1. What habit do you think has led to success in your life? Paul’s biggest habit was finding his voice. He then discovered his values, established his outcomes, demonstrated his influence to himself, revealed his courage, and created a lasting expression.
  2. If you had one do-over, what would it be? He would spend more time with the people that really matter.

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