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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Do You Have Imposter Syndrome?
If this sounds familiar, you might have imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is a pervasive feeling of self-doubt and insecurity despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This phenomenon strikes smart, successful individuals and often shows up at its worst after an especially notable accomplishment.
Say you get hired for a new position, but your only thought is, ‘I just got lucky.’
Or you get accepted into a program, and you think, ‘there must not have been very many applicants.’
Facing feelings of insecurity and self-doubt is something that we all deal with, but when we allow those feelings to overwhelm our being, we can hold ourselves back from pursuing the goals we want to reach.
Confidence is something that we all deserve to have, however, when our mind is continuously pushing back against the evidence that we’re doing a good job, those dysmorphic thoughts can hinder relationships, cut you off from opportunities, and stand in the way of your best life.
If you’ve spent your life seeing yourself as undeserving of your success, the odds of you achieving success are pretty slim.
Rebuild the Way You Think
In reality, being an expert in your field is okay. It’s okay to pat yourself on the back every once in a while or even accept admiration from others!
Imposter syndrome is widespread but rarely discussed. Sufferers remain silent because of feelings that they don’t belong. In the words of Tina Fey, a self-described imposter: “Everyone else is an imposter, too.” Join me to say goodbye to your imposter mentality and gain perspective on your life’s successes!