Episode #82 Imposter Series Part 5 - Internalise Your Success - Caroline Flanagan

Episode #82 Imposter Series Part 5 – Internalise Your Success

In this episode I talk about the importance of internalising your success.

So many of you are clocking up success after success without taking a moment to internalise their value. Is it any wonder then, that no matter how hard you work or how much you succeed, you still believe your success is down to luck and you question your right to be here?

The message I have for you this week is that your successes won’t internalise themselves! It’s up to you to take responsibility for your every success (and for recognising what success is) and then take deliberate action to internalise it.

My goal for you is that you start showing up to challenges and opportunities from where you are, instead of from where you think you should be. “Internalising your success”, which is part of the process for creating your Imposter SpeechTM, is the strategy I created to help you do this.

When you know how to internalise your success, it won’t matter that your Imposter Syndrome surfaces as you face a new challenge. The easy recollection of all those successes and achievements that led you here will give you the courage and confidence to show up to the challenge from where you are.

Questions to get you reflecting on your success:

  1. What is your definition of a success?
  2. How long do you wait before you chase the next success?
  3. What have you done with your past successes?

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When I came into the office the following Monday, I could see the effect that you’d had. People were visibly changed as a result of your talk.

Oli Holmes, Accenture

Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this! Many thanks again.

Client T, UK, Babyproof Client

I wanted to let you know that I have been promoted to counsel. Thanks very much to your coaching I have managed to get through one of the most challenging years of my career and managed to achieve what I had hoped to! I might not have made it were it not for your advice and guidance.

Client C, Solicitor

I am more than happy to share wonderful feedback about you. Working with you has been life changing and continues to inspire me and help me grow.

Coaching client, Director, PwC Legal

Caroline came to speak to our Balance Employee Network about “How to babyproof your career so you can balance your life”. I really enjoyed preparing this event together. Caroline took great care in understanding the needs of the audience to make her message even more powerful. The whole process from preparing the event invitation to getting feedback was very professional with a wonderful personal touch.

Louise Walewska, Presentation Client, HSBC Asset Management

Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future. I would highly recommend working with her.

Sally Clare, Head of Diversity, Ambition UK