Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Even the most successful people can feel like a ‘fake’ sometimes. Here's what to do if you're struggling with imposter syndrome.
What does imposter syndrome mean?
Imposter syndrome is the feeling of not being good enough, unable to live up to others expectations, or feeling undeserving of your accomplishments. It can cause you to feel like a fraud and fear of being ‘found out’ for who you believe you really are.
You might attribute your success and achievements to external factors like luck, or people being kind to you, rather than your talent, determination and hard work.
Characteristics of imposter syndrome
The following behaviours can be signs of imposter syndrome:
- Self doubt
- Anxiety over being ‘found out’
- Not believing compliments are genuine
- Perfectionism and overworking to meet perceived expectations
- Not asking for help when you need it
- Attributing achievements to external factors
Managing Imposter Syndrome
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to combating imposter syndrome, but there are several ways to cope and lessen its impact.
Separate feelings from facts
We often mistake our thoughts for the truth. When you notice self-critical thoughts, try challenging them. Are they necessary? Is there any evidence? How would you respond to a friend feeling the same way?
Stop comparing yourself to others
If it feels like the grass is always greener, try taking a social media break to stop comparing your life to those around you. Social feeds are often carefully curated, rarely showing the hardships, failures and rejections we all go through on the road to success.
Celebrate your strengths
Give yourself credit for what you have achieved, and the positive qualities you bring to the table. Feel free to list awards or achievements, but think outside the box too! Are you good at listening? Have you helped someone in need? What problem did you help solve?
Aim for progress, not perfection
Wanting to be perfect from the get-go can actually hinder your capacity to learn. Try focusing on the process, rather than the outcome of your tasks. What can you learn? How can you improve for next time? Reward yourself for taking action, even if things don’t always turn out as planned.
Ask for support
Still feeling weighed down by imposter syndrome? Don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone you can trust. Whether it’s a friend, partner or mental health professional, find a confidant who can help you recognize your value.
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