Imposter Syndrome is talked about so much these days, and quite rightly so! I think it’s safe to say we’re all aware of what it means and how it feels.
More people struggle with it than you may realise – celebrities, people in positions of authority (even Michelle Obama) and all of us Joe and Jane Blogs who may be yet to realise it ourselves.
The stats show varying figures on just how many people feel like an imposter or a fraud (anywhere from 50% to 90+%). That’s huge. And it’s a comfort to many who may think that they’re alone in their feelings of ‘not being good enough’.
Imposter Syndrome can affect any of us. It doesn’t matter how accomplished you are, how successful you are, or how much evidence you may have to the contrary – Imposter Syndrome can rear its head in lots of ways.
And all of these symptoms can hold you back from taking the next steps towards your goals. If you feel like you’re not capable, you’re unlikely to make the necessary moves or at the very least you’ll feel a nagging resistance and uncertainty. Imposter Syndrome really can prevent marvellous people from doing marvellous things.
So, what can you do about it?
Number one, figure out your triggers. The more you understand where your Imposter Syndrome is stemming from, the more likely it is you’ll be able to take charge of the mind monkeys when they come whooping in.
According to Dr Valerie Young, one of the leading Imposter Syndrome experts, there are 5 types of Imposter; The Perfectionist, The Expert, The Soloist, The Natural Genius, The Superwoman/Superman. And guess what, you might even be a mixture of all of them!
But, fret not, there are plenty of ways you can begin to battle Imposter Syndrome.
Remember, you don’t have to beat it; you just have to take charge.
Challenge yourself, focus on your strengths and the evidence that you are more than capable, including your accomplishments and experience. A mix of pragmatic actions and mindset adjustments will help you to move through that fraudulent feeling.
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