Chris Swenson on How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome | FP 45

Chris Swenson on How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome | FP 45

Do you struggle with feelings of doubt and uncertainty? How do you balance seeing clients and taking care of your family when you feel unsure? How does one put a stop to imposter syndrome?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Chris Swenson about how to overcome imposter syndrome.

Meet Chris Swenson

Chris Swenson is passionate about helping other practice owners optimize their mindset, mental toughness, and peak performance. He is the author of two books: Rhino Life Lessons and Private Practice Warrior. He also continues to operate his practice, Rhino Wellness Center in Colorado.

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In This Podcast


  • How to get out of a defeatist mindset
  • What is imposter syndrome?
  • What every Christian counselor needs to know

How to get out of a defeatist mindset

I think stepping back and developing a plan of really knowing why you do what you do and what is your purpose for coming in becomes a major piece.

  • Redirect your focus. What you are focusing on is where your energy goes into. Redirect your focus and therefore your energy into developing a different mindset.
  • Shifting your focus and perspective away from what have I not done to what have I accomplished will change the narrative towards one of more self-compassion. Being compassionate with yourself, consciously, will make you empathize with your successes and congratulate yourself on things you have done well.
  • This self-compassion will also displace any unrealistic expectations you have put on yourself. Try to structure a morning routine for yourself that will help you reconnect with your ‘why’ every morning. Why are you doing this? Why does this bring you joy? Remembering these answers will help to motivate you to enjoy what you are doing instead of tearing down what you have done.

Overcoming a defeatist mindset is easier once you have a growth mindset; this happens when you change the narrative from ‘I have failed’ to ‘I have learned from this experience’, or ‘what has this setback taught me?’ Viewing setbacks and obstacles as growth opportunities will in fact help you overcome them faster, and with more joy than stopping at the first wall you encounter.

What is imposter syndrome

It’s falling in love with the process as opposed to viewing the results that you’re getting, and enjoying the process because the process of doing it is fulfilling your mission.

Imposter syndrome is when you feel like a phony, or that you are not capable or good enough to achieve the goals you have. It is based on a level of self-doubt and can be incredibly hinder some when you are trying to build a business or practice.

It can also come up by comparing yourself to other people, even though you are only seeing those people from the outside and they are almost certainly also struggling too. There two main kinds of effects that impostor syndrome can have on a person:

  • Turning them into a perfectionist
  • Making them procrastinate

Each kind is rooted in a level of self-doubt that can be remedied with self-compassion. Look at how far you have come instead of how much farther you still want to do.

Imposter syndrome is a negative belief of yourself. You can shift it around by bringing up hard evidence against these thoughts. Show yourself how hard you have worked, look back on all the progress you have made to prove to yourself how far you have come. Looking at daily progress is too small, it is hardly visible. Looking at the last six months, there it is more visible and you can show yourself how much you have indeed grown as a person and a counselor.

What every Christian counselor needs to know

The way in which you serve will be played out through your practice. There will be moments of darkness and uncertainty but holding tight to your faith and the light of how you want to get there will keep you on the path. Hold tight to your ‘why’ to keep you going, and come to see challenges as learning experiences and opportunities for growth, both for you and your practice.

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Books by Chris Swenson

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Meet Whitney Owens

Whitney Ownens | Build a faith-based practiceWhitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.

Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.

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