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Imposter Syndrome

What is Imposter Syndrome?


Imposter syndrome is the feeling of being a fraud or believing that one's accomplishments are not deserved. It is common among individuals who struggle to recognize their achievements and fear being exposed as inadequate or unworthy.


Those with imposter syndrome tend to downplay their successes as mere luck, timing, or the result of external factors instead of acknowledging their abilities. They might attribute their achievements to external validation or believe that they have deceived others into thinking they are more competent than they are.




What are three signs of imposter syndrome and how can you conquer them?


Here are three signs:

  1. The Perfectionist: Always striving for flawlessness, setting excessively high goals, and being disappointed when failing to meet them.

  2. The Expert: Feeling the need to know every piece of information before starting a project, constantly looking for new certifications or training because you never feel enough.

  3. The Soloist: Preferring to work alone, feeling like asking for help reveals your phoniness or incompetence.

And if you're nodding along, here's how to kick it to the curb:

To conquer imposter syndrome, consider these three approaches:

  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: Recognize and accept that what you're feeling is a common experience. Understanding that imposter syndrome is a universal phenomenon can help normalize your feelings and reduce their power over you.

  2. Share Your Experiences: Open up about your feelings with trusted friends, mentors, or colleagues. Often, you'll find that others have felt the same way, and sharing can provide both support and perspective.

  3. Celebrate Your Successes: Keep track of your accomplishments and the positive feedback you receive. Reviewing this can help counteract negative thoughts and feelings, reminding you of your skills, achievements, and the value you bring.


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Wishing you an inspiring week. Thanks for reading.

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