Let's talk about imposter syndrome. Have you ever felt like a fraud in your job and at any minute someone is going to call you out on it? Well, that’s what we refer to as the imposter phenomenon. Fortunately for you, you’re not alone – 70% of people will experience this feeling at some point in their lives.
Imposter Syndrome is the experience of feeling like a phoney - as though at any moment you are going to be found out as a fraud, like you don’t belong where you are, and you only got there through dumb luck. It can affect anyone no matter their social status, work background, skill level or level of expertise.
It can be hard to overcome these feelings, so we’ve put together our 5 top tips on how to put those feelings of doubt to bed.
Separate Feelings From Facts.
There are times where you'll feel stupid, it happens to everyone from time to time. To move through these feelings you need to realise that just because you may feel stupid, doesn't mean you are. Imposter Syndrome is based on fear, not reality. Next time you're in a situation where you feel like this, rationalise with yourself. Is it fact or is it fear creeping in?
Fight it with Evidence.
A great way to combat imposter syndrome is to fight those feelings with evidence. Saving pieces of positive feedback from recent projects is a great way to help fight those fears.
Not only will it settle your anxiety but it's great to remind your self that you are doing a good job.
Break the Silence.
When you're starting to feel like an imposter, sometimes voicing it to those around you can really put things in perspective.
Most of the time when you talk to others about imposter syndrome, they know exactly how you feel - 9 out of 10 times, they will have experienced it themselves. It's a common feeling to have and talking about it takes the power out of the emotions.
Be Kind to Yourself.
Our inner voice holds a lot of power. If you're prone to negative self-talk, start checking how you speak to yourself - are you filling yourself with negativity?
If you wouldn't talk to a friend or colleague the way that way, why do it to yourself?
Making small adjustments like your mental voice will slowly start reframe your mindset.
In the same way that manifestation works, spend time before important meetings, job interviews etc, picturing yourself succeeding in the situation you're going into. As well as it being better for you than picturing every worse case scenario, it will ease your nerves and you'll seem more confident.
Not only does this coincide with the law of attraction, it will help with performance related stress.
These techniques are just a few of many ways you can learn to get through the imposter phenomenon. Don’t gate-keep your own tactics, let us know what techniques have helped you overcome imposter syndrome in the blog comments!
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