Imposter Syndrome is Perfectly Normal - But You Can Overcome It!

Dec 28, 2022

Imposter syndrome, also known as imposter phenomenon or fraud syndrome, is actually a psychological pattern where we can doubt our accomplishments and fear being exposed as a "fraud". It is characterized by feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, and a persistent fear of being found out as a fraud or an imposter, despite evidence of success.

It can affect anyone, regardless of education, intelligence, or job title. It is more common among high-achieving individuals, such as students, professionals, and business leaders, who feel pressure to consistently perform at a high level and meet high standards.

The origins of imposter syndrome are not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to upbringing (shocking, right?), personality, and social and cultural influences. It can also be triggered by a new environment or challenge, such as starting a new job or pursuing a higher degree.

Imposter syndrome can have negative impacts on our mental health and well-being, as well as on our career and personal relationships. It can lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and even depression. It can also lead to avoidance of new challenges or opportunities, and a lack of confidence in our own abilities.

Fortunately, there are ways to manage and overcome imposter syndrome. In my book, BOLD MOVES - Take Back Your Power, Reclaim Your Peace, and Live Happy on Purpose, I detailed strategies I've used in my own life to help overcome it when it rears its ugly head. It's available on Amazon - if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it!

Here are a few more strategies that may be helpful to you:

  1. Acknowledge and accept your feelings: It is important to recognize and acknowledge your feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy. It is normal to feel this way at times, and it does not necessarily mean that you are not capable or qualified for your role or task.

  2. Seek support: Talk to someone you trust, such as a friend, family member, or therapist, about your feelings of imposter syndrome. Receiving support and validation from others can help to alleviate feelings of self-doubt and anxiety.

  3. Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and remember that everyone makes mistakes and has moments of self-doubt. It is important to practice self-compassion and remind yourself that it is okay to not be perfect all the time.

  4. Set realistic goals: Set realistic goals for yourself and strive to meet them, rather than setting unrealistic expectations that may be impossible to achieve. This can help to boost your confidence and reduce feelings of inadequacy.

  5. Reframe your thoughts: When negative thoughts about your abilities or accomplishments arise, try to reframe them in a more positive light. For example, instead of thinking "I don't deserve this promotion", try thinking "I have worked hard and have the skills and experience to be successful in this role".

By implementing these strategies, it is possible to manage and overcome imposter syndrome and build confidence in your abilities and accomplishments. Remember, it is normal to feel self-doubt at times, and seeking support and practicing self-compassion can help you to navigate these feelings and move forward with confidence.


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