“It’s only a matter of time before everyone realises that I don’t know what I’m doing!”
“I feel like a fraud!”
“I don’t belong here. Maybe I just got lucky.”
“Maybe when I get another degree I’ll be ready.”
“Why would anyone buy from me?”
Recognise this narrative?
At some point or another, it is highly likely that most people, regardless of age have been forced to battle these debilitating thoughts that have the potential to stunt growth, limit opportunities, derail dreams and destroy confidence.
Imposter Syndrome can be described as an invisible dream-killer that resides in the mind of talented, educated and skilled individuals all around the world. Anecdotal evidence would suggest that the syndrome disproportionately affects women and those from minority ethnic backgrounds. It is a psychological phenomenon that prevents people from internalising their accomplishments, even in the face of mounting evidence to support their competence.
Thankfully, even those who have suffered from Imposter Syndrome for many years, possess the ability to transform their lives and renew their sense of confidence should they desire to. Below are the top 5 tips for dealing with Imposter Syndrome and developing a renewed sense of confidence kindly given to us by Naomi Empowers.
Call it by its name
By developing an awareness of this phenomenon, those who suffer from this syndrome can take some comfort in knowing they are not alone. More importantly, by acknowledging the existence of this syndrome, they are best positioned to seek out the help and support required to overcome.
Document success & track all wins
When people struggle to accept that they are deserving of the success they have achieved, having a working document detailing their wins can be a tangible means of dispelling those unhelpful thoughts.
Guard the avenues to the mind
The daily consumption of different types of media can have either positive or negative impacts on the internal state of different individuals. If the music they choose to listen to, or books they read, the videos they watch or the podcasts they enjoy perpetuate damaging narratives, it is likely that these false ideas about themselves will only be reinforced.
Use daily affirmations
Words have the most incredible power. By intentionally using words to uplift and empower, it is possible for those who suffer from Imposter Syndrome to change the way they view themselves, and in turn, adopt a healthier narrative that leads to success and achievement.
Surround yourself with people who recognise your worth/value
There is great value in people surrounding themselves with those who bring out the best in them and remind them of their greatness, especially during times when that belief is prone to waiver. Having a group of friendly supporters cheering them on and celebrating their successes can go a long way to helping to improve their self-image.
While some may consider it impossible to ever completely eradicate Imposter Syndrome, by consistently applying these tips, living a rich and fulfilled life is within reach!
“Watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Watch your words, for they become your actions.
Watch your actions, for they become your habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
By being intentional about transforming the way they think about themselves, those who may have once suffered from Imposter Syndrome have the power to transform their entire lives and begin to feel comfortable with the success they have achieved. This will inevitably lead to a brighter future filled with promise!