Imposter Syndrome is one of those things we’ve probably all dealt with or experienced at some point in our lives. Now, whether this may be in our professional or personal life depends on each individual but it can really limit us a lot.
Before we get further into it all let’s first explore what imposter syndrome actually is.
Imposter syndrome is essentially the belief that a lot of the things you may have achieved in your life whether that be in your personal or professional life are due to luck despite your hard work and efforts.
It is that feeling that you don’t deserve a seat at the table even with all the work you’ve put in and that you’re not as good as people think you are.
Imposter syndrome can really prevent you from owning all that you’ve achieved because of those feelings of self doubt that constantly linger at the back of your mind.
I see posts all the time on what it actually is and why we shouldn’t let it consume us but it’s been difficult to find one on how we can actually overcome it so I decided to share a few things I have been doing to combat this so let’s get into it!
Number one – Firstly, know what it is
The first step to dealing with / even overcoming your imposter syndrome is actually acknowledging what it is in the first place. I went so long feeling like this at times without actually knowing that there was a word for it or this was what I was actually doing.
So, firstly understand what it means and ask yourself if you tick the boxes. Do you constantly find yourself undermining your success or constantly feel like you don’t deserve a seat at the table? Do you feel like you may even be a fraud and don’t know as much as people perceive you to know? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be dealing with imposter syndrome.
Number two – Stop being a perfectionist
This can be easier said than done however, being a perfectionist or trying to constantly achieve perfectionism can take a huge toll on one’s self esteem or how one views themselves because let’s be real, perfectionism quite simply can’t be achieved.
Be at peace with this, free yourself from the shackles of perfectionism and then you can start working on freeing yourself from imposter syndrome.
Number three – Start acknowledging and noting down your positive experiences
Start noting down all your positive experiences, achievements and awards.
Doing this will always serve as a reminder that you’re where you are because you deserve to be there and that everything you have achieved is as a result of all the hard work you’ve put in over the years.
Also acknowledging all the great things you’ve actually achieved rather than dismissing them will also serve as a reminder that you’re more than capable and will help uplift your self esteem.
Number four – Understand that you’re not alone
When it comes to imposter syndrome, it’s very important to understand that you’re not alone.
So many others are victims of imposter syndrome or have found themselves feeling like this at least once in their life. We’re all humans, aren’t perfect and all tend to get feelings of self doubt creeping in from time to time.
Number five – Practice positive affirmations/ positive self talk
The way you speak to yourself matters a lot especially if you’re dealing with imposter syndrome. Always speak positivity into your life and tell yourself that you are where you are because you deserve to be there. The more you do this, the easier it’ll be to let go of these ill feelings about yourself.
You could also write down these affirmations if writing things down helps you a lot more or you could even do both – it’s your world!
Number six – Have a support network
Having a supportive network of people who encourage and speak nothing but positivity into your life is essential when battling this.
Make sure you surround yourself with people who encourage you, are for you and support you. There should be no room for people who speak down to you or do not support you because it’ll make these feelings worse.
Number seven – Open yourself up to new experiences and opportunities
Lastly, stepping out of your comfort zone and opening yourself to new opportunities is such a great way to deal with imposter syndrome as it not only builds your confidence but puts more emphasis on the fact that you’re deserving of all that you’ve achieved and all that will be coming your way.
Sadly, we’ve come to the end of this and I really hope these tips help anyone dealing with or trying to overcome their imposter syndrome.
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