What Is Imposter Syndrome?
Have you ever felt you aren’t capable of doing your job although you have had the education, training, and experience to execute it?
What you’re going through is called Imposter syndrome.
Impostor syndrome (IS) refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be.
You cannot receive compliments from others in regards to your achievements and feel like you don’t deserve them.
You may even feel that the achievement was just a fluke of “luck” or “anyone could have done it”.
You are filled with self-doubt and at times feel like you are “cheating” others by convincing them you are good at something you perceive you are not.
Signs You Have Imposter Syndrome?
Here are some obvious signs that you might have Imposter Syndrome:
- You are an overachiever that cannot accept small failures and setbacks.
- You believe you don’t have the expertise and knowledge to do something although there is evidence that you do have what it takes.
- You are trying to live up to the expectations of family, friends, or society.
- You believe success is not within your control but is a matter of “luck”.
- You believe everyone else has their life together while you are lost.
- You feel like a failure when you slack off in one area of life (work, family, social life).
How To Get Rid Of Imposter Syndrome?
Look At The Evidence
If you feel like you are not competent for a job or any role in life, separate your feelings from facts.
Look at your past education, training, and experiences that have led you to achievements and opportunities.
These are evidence that you are not a fraud, you do have what it takes to succeed in whatever area of life.
Write down all the evidence you have and look at it when Imposter syndrome kicks in.
You’re more likely to feel like a fraud or incompetent when you compare yourself to people who have achieved more than you have in an aspect of life.
So, stop comparing your wins and losses to others’.
For example, if you compare yourself to someone who has 10 years of experience in an industry VS yourself who has 3-4 years of experience, you are definitely going to feel incompetent.
Remember This One Fact
People with Imposter syndrome are most likely high-achievers or people who have the potential to do more, this is why they feel “inadequate” or a “fake” because no matter how much they do or push themselves, they feel “never good enough”.
Talk To Loved Ones
People who truly love you and know you will be able to help remind you of your capabilities and achievements. Sometimes, we need to hear it from others.
Talking to someone that is non-judgemental, like a therapist may help you acknowledge your feelings of self-doubt.
A therapist will have the psychological knowledge to help you overcome this problem.
A gentle reminder, Imposter Syndrome is a common phenomenon. Many people experience it at some point in life. You are not alone!
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