Somewhere in our lives, many of us have bought into one of three myths about being an expert – or maybe we’ve bought into all three.
In Episode 85 of the Power Your Platform Podcast, I talk about these myths PLUS the 7 signs you might be more of an expert than you think.
Myth #1: “I’m Still Learning, So I Must Not Be an Expert”
The truth is that you don’t need another degree or another certification or another course to start serving your audience TODAY. "Procrasta-learning" as I call it, is simply a way of letting fear hold us back from doing what we’re already equipped to do. The fact is that you are ready right now to take action and put your ideas into motion.
Myth #2: “Someone Else Can Do It Better Than I Can”
The habit of comparing ourselves to others is really the mother of all self-sabotaging techniques and it will hold us back again and again from achieving our true purpose.
The idea that “Someone Else Can Do it Better Than I Can” most likely comes from one of two places: either it’s an excuse, because we’re actually scared of our own success OR we actually have a specific individual in mind who we believe to be better than us in our specific area of expertise.
Two solutions I suggest:
a) stop paying close attention to your competitors on social media and
b) keep a journal of your progress so you can compare yourself to your own progress
Myth #3: “Only Braggers Call Themselves Experts.”
Repeat after me: it’s not bragging if it’s true. For many of us, making everyone comfortable with our level of leadership and expertise is vital in order to be accepted into the tribe and not seen as a potential threat. The fact is that our leadership and expert status are going to be resented by some. But that’s their story. Not yours.
Worrying about what other people think about you and your progress is a dead weight thought that will only slow you down and will certainly drown out any plans for launching and growing a success brand or business.
When you find yourself distracted by these 3 myths, consider instead the 7 signs that you are already an expert:
1. You’re at least one or two steps ahead of someone you could help.
2. You have some sort of credibility in your field, whether that’s educational credentials or hands-on job or life experience.
3. You’ve developed a specific set of skills over time that others can benefit from.
4. You have testmonials from people you’ve helped.
5. You can demonstrate success using a certain product or approach in your own life or business.
6. Other people refer customers or clients to you.
7. You’ve made mistakes and learned from them.
If you said yes to any of the signs I just mentioned, then I would suggest that perhaps you are more of an expert than you think you are.
Because once you begin to truly believe you’re capable of anything, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world believes it too.