Sound familiar? ‘I think at some point we all self-sabotage’ says Anne. ‘For instance, we’ve all referred to ourselves as “just a hairdresser”, when we are so much more than that implies! I want you to start tackling these feelings of self-doubt, in turn allowing you to realise your full potential and go after your dreams – with confidence!’ Anne’s ‘Have No Fear’ manifesto is about focusing on small and simple changes that can impact the future, encouraging a positive mindset that eliminates thoughts of failure or inadequacy.
‘A few years back, I was approached by a big brand to deliver education on curly and coily hair. Despite having worked in salons and on shoots with textured hair many times, as well as having won awards for my Afro work, I turned the job down due to not feeling ‘good enough’ to work with such a prestigious company. I used to suffer hugely with imposter syndrome, but I have now learnt ways to manage it. I hope my experience will be helpful to others experiencing similar feelings of self-doubt.’
Anne first spoke out on the subject for International Women’s Day back in March, expanding on her thoughts for the hairdressing audience ‘I can’t believe I’m alone as a female hairdresser feeling this way!’. ‘Have No Fear’ asks stylists to examine the way they think about themselves, deploying tactics to help reverse negative thoughts and move towards a more positive way of living.
‘Mindset is everything’ reveals Anne. ‘It will affect everything you do in your life – your career, your homelife, your relationships. It will affect how other people perceive you and whether you can or can’t do something.’
‘If you don’t believe in yourself, you are limiting what you can achieve’ says Anne. ‘It’s restrictive; subconsciously you will be looking for any sign to prove yourself right and say to yourself, “I told you so!”’ Anne explains that growing older has helped her to stop ‘torturing’ herself and to understand that it’s ok to not be an expert in everything. ‘Every skill can be learnt, but how good you become at it depends on how much you believe you can do it.’
Here, Anne shares eight simple steps we can all take in a bid to increase our self-confidence:
‘When I launched Anne Veck Education, I heard that little voice saying, “There are plenty of people already doing education and they’re much at it better than you!” But I stopped and rationalised, I have years of experience and I’m still getting shortlisted for awards, so I must be doing something right! I decided to ignore the little voice and just go for it – and I’m so pleased I did!’
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