NOV. 24, 2016:
Even if you don’t know exactly what Imposter Syndrome is, you’ve most likely experienced it before. Imposter Syndrome is when we feel like a fraud, when we convince ourselves that the achievements we have made are due to luck or timing, and not hard work, perseverance or general bad assness.
The good news is, you are not alone. Plenty of people, especially women, struggle with Imposter Syndrome at some point in their careers. The bad news is, Imposter Syndrome can cause anxiety and self-doubt. And it can ultimately hold you back from amazing opportunities. For tips and tricks on how to nip it in the bud, keep reading.
Ask yourself “Why?”
Perhaps you just landed a huge brand partnership or are going to speak at a conference, but you can’t shake the feeling that you don’t deserve it. What is the trigger that made you feel doubtful? Most of the time, the answer will be right there in front of you.
Remind yourself how far you’ve come
Take the time to think about your recent and not so recent achievements. You have worked so hard to get where you are, and you did it all by yourself! You earned your rank, and your endeavors prove it.
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Remind yourself who is behind you
Do you really think that brand would want to work with you if you were such an imposter? Probably not. Why would your subscribers or followers take the time to look at your work, like it or comment on it if they didn’t think what you were making was of value? They wouldn’t. You deserve to be where you are.
Update your language
“I can’t do that.”
“I’m not ready for that yet.”
“I don’t have enough followers for that.”
These are all statements we tell ourselves because we are scared of success. Update your language to be more confident, and over time, you will start to believe what you are saying. Allow yourself to be your biggest cheerleader, not your biggest nagger.
Write it down
If you struggle repeatedly with imposter syndrome, keep an achievement list by your workstation. That way, when you are having an unconfident moment, you can look at your list and get a quick pick me up.
Know you are not alone
Wanna know some famous people who also struggle with imposter syndrome? Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and BEYONCE. Imposter syndrome is a sign that you’re humble and you’re doing something right. Think about the alternative—thinking you absolutely deserve everything you’re getting because you are God’s gift to the universe? That’s not a great look either.
Do you suffer from imposter syndrome? Let’s discuss in the comments!
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