Updated: Mar 2
When facing a new role, project, challenge or task, if you tend to compare yourself to others or harbour a fear that others will soon see through you and call you out for not being good enough, you’re probably experiencing Imposter Syndrome.
Imposter Syndrome is an overwhelming limiting belief that your success is due to luck or external circumstances rather than your own skill, intelligence or knowledge. You basically feel like a fraud.
The truth is, you’re not alone in feeling this way. We all go through Imposter Syndrome at some stage. Whether considering a promotion at work, starting a more senior role or venturing out as an entrepreneur. We all have those ‘who am I to be doing this?’ moments.
This is one of the most common fears experienced by my clients. They fear they aren’t good enough to be doing what they want to do. They question their knowledge, experience and skill and as a result, they will either over-compensate and become perfectionists or not try at all and berate themselves for procrastinating.
So how do we make peace with Imposter Syndrome?
Firstly, acknowledge how you’re feeling and let it be ok.
Get curious about the underlying cause of your self-doubt eg fear of judgment, seeking approval/validation, fear of punishment, fear of rejection etc and think about when it started for you.
Soothe your thoughts by focusing on your achievements and reframing self-doubting thoughts into thoughts of deserving.
Put things in perspective and make it ok to start from where we are. There will always be someone who knows more than you and someone who knows less.
Appreciate that those who know more have gathered their knowledge over time but it’s worth remembering that they were once where you are now and probably faced many challenges along the way but kept going. These are the people to learn from.
Realise that you will not remain the same. You will gather knowledge, learn from your mistakes and be in a constant state of improvement.
If you’re a manager or a business owner, for example, it’s highly likely that you’re much better at what you do now compared to 3 years ago and in 3 years time, you’ll be even better still. However, if you don’t even begin, you’ll never enjoy that new vantage point and experience your own success.
We tend to attract people who meet us where we are. This is particularly true if you plan to start your own business and you’re worried you don’t have enough experience. The message you promote to the world explaining what you do will naturally attract the right clients to you. Also, in my experience, people resonate with your story and your energy more than anything else.
Those who want more or less than you offer will resonate with someone else. Thankfully, of the billions of people out there, not everyone is looking for the same thing.
Imposter Syndrome can also come up when you’re at a more evolved stage in your experience. I can testify to this myself but now we can understand why it’s important to keep pushing through and soon you’ll see the positive feedback that proves you are more than enough to be doing this.
Let me know if Imposter Syndrome is something you’ve had to overcome. 💜
Is a Transformation Coach, Spiritual Business Coach, Accredited Meditation Teacher and Reiki Master/Teacher with a desire to open your mind to new possibilities, whilst gently guiding you towards your goals and personal transformations.
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