Feel like you are going to get found at work? struggling with imposter syndrome?
Have you ever struggled with Imposter syndrome? Ever felt as though you are "winging it", or that you are going to get found out, or that you don't feel as though you deserve to be where you are?
It's a common feeling that affects people from all walks of life, regardless of achievements. In fact according to the Harvard business review, 70% of people will experience Imposter Syndrome at some point in their lives . For some, it can be a deeply uncomfortable and daunting experience.
However, the feelings associated with imposter syndrome often signal that we are about to embark on a growth journey, a time where we are learning and entering a new phase of personal development. By acknowledging this feeling and recognising the opportunity that it presents us with - rather than fearing it - we can propel ourselves forward into new and exciting avenues.
If you're experiencing imposter syndrome, there are several things you can do to manage it.
Acknowledge your feelings - The first step to managing imposter syndrome is to recognize that you're experiencing it. Don't try to ignore or dismiss your feelings
Challenge your thoughts - Once you've acknowledged your feelings, try to challenge the thoughts that are causing them. Right down these thoughts and question them, are they valid? Is this true? What evidence do I have for and against these thoughts?
Celebrate your successes - It's important to acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. This will help you build confidence Right them all down – this will help you to understand why you deserve to be where you are
Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable – the key to success is to keep moving forward despite fears that may get in the way
So next time Imposter Syndrome taps you on the shoulder, acknowledge it’s presence and thank it for indicating to you that you are moving out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone and that new experiences are heading your way.
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