Fraud Alert. Ok, maybe it’s a little like “impostor syndrome”
Have you ever felt like you are an impostor or living a double life?
I often think my life resembles a superhero movie where I am portraying multiple characters with different personalities, costumes, makeup, masks and all.
Let me help to paint the picture for you… in one scene of the action movie I look like I am the cool, got-it-together Super Mom that even has been spotted wearing a red cape and boots. A “Supermom” that can make pancakes on Saturday morning, have dance parties in the living room, while also carving out time to help my son with his projects/ homework with immense enthusiasm for hours. That same “Supermom” can tackle the longest IEP Meeting in history with little effort, (a special shout out to my fellow special needs parents out there, God bless you!) then can transport the family to soccer practice and the grocery store in a single bound.
Scene two depicts me as a savvy business entrepreneur by day that can whip up a creative marketing plan like nobody’s business, while multi-tasking for hours on conference calls and attending events with the top industry leaders. Then in the final scene there is one action-packed moment when I fly away into the sky to put out another “fire” in the local press and social media community…all before lunchtime!
OK back on planet Earth it gets real! I feel like a total fraud on some days. An imposter mom, business professional and human. There are plenty of Saturday’s when the pancakes were burned to a crisp, the homework was never completed, the grocery shopping was never thought of, and there were certainly no “Supermom” crime-fighting action moments in sight. An imposter of sorts compared to what is posted on social media as the perpetual happy family and the “masks” that I often wear as a successful PR professional running a business consulting company.
As a blogger and self-proclaimed sales and marketing leader, I have failed to create ongoing content, felt less creative and inspired on some days, and I haven’t even mustered the energy to say yes to being a speaker at an event or on a live podcast in weeks.
Well guess what? We ALL have those days, weeks and even months. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started there have been less “Supermom” days than I would like and less of a desire to dominate the entrepreneurial community than I care to admit. But you know what? I put one foot in front of the other and continue to move forward one step at a time.
When we give each other support, grace and love, I know there will be brighter days ahead. Hey, maybe there will even be more “Supermom” moments in the near future. You may even get a glimpse of my red cape peeking out under my professional attire while on a Zoom Meeting.
I would love to hear about your “Supermom “or “Superdad” moments, as well as the real-life struggles that make us all human. It’s about understanding why you do what you do and continuing to moving forward.
Drop me a line sometime. We can all learn and grow from one another. We are all unique and different. That is what makes us special.