The best way to eradicate fear is to begin by understanding the distorted thinking that causes it to appear in the first place.

“Imposter fear” is based on false beliefs; believing that you are really not as competent as you appear to others and it’s only a matter of time before your incompetence is uncovered for all to see. Imposter fear is a learned response to events and situations that you encounter in your job and it can lead you to feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. For an adviser, unpredictable government decisions and market fluctuations, hostile calls from clients, being responsible for managing clients’ retirement nest eggs, overwhelming paperwork, and compliance/fiduciary issues are events and situations that potentially could cause such a fear. The key word here is could, because fear and anxiety do not have to result from dealing with such situations.

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