Growth Strategy #28: Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Growth Strategy #28:  Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Good for: Overcoming feeling like a fraud as a high achiever

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Do you ever feel like a fraud, like you're not really qualified to be doing what you're doing? If so, you might be suffering from imposter syndrome. 🤔

Imposter syndrome is a condition where people doubt their own accomplishments and feel like they're just faking it until they make it. It's common among high achievers, and it can be very debilitating. 🧗

It's not unusual for high-achieving individuals to feel that they are frauds, and that their successes are due to luck rather than ability. It is thought to be fueled by a fear of failure, and can lead to feelings of anxiety and insecurity.

Failure is defined as the neglect or omission of expected or required action. Fear, on the other hand, is an emotion induced by a perceived threat. So, a fear of failure would be the emotion that is felt when someone perceives a threat of not being able to complete a task or goals.

In some cases, the fear of failure can be so great that it leads to avoidance behaviors. Individuals may choose not to attempt a task because they are afraid of not being able to do it well enough. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome a fear of failure.

  1. Recognizing that everyone experiences failure at some point in their lives is a good first step.
  2. Reframing failures as learning opportunities can help to lessen the negative emotional impact.
  3. Building up a support system of close friends or family can provide encouragement and help individuals feel more confident in taking risks. By taking these steps, individuals can begin to move past their fears and towards success.

Individuals with imposter syndrome often downplay their achievements, and may feel like they are constantly under pressure to perform. left unchecked, imposter syndrome can lead to significant psychological distress.

However, it is important to remember that everyone experiences moments of self-doubt, and that imposter syndrome does not mean that you are actually incompetent. If you think you might be suffering from imposter syndrome, it is important to seek professional help.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to conquer imposter syndrome. Here are some tips:

- Acknowledge your feelings. The first step is to recognize that you're feeling like an imposter. This can be tough, but it's important to acknowledge your feelings before you can start to deal with them.

- Talk to someone. Once you've acknowledged your feelings, it can be helpful to talk to someone about them. This could be a friend, family member, therapist, or anyone else who you feel comfortable talking to. Talking about your imposter syndrome can help you to understand it better and start to deal with it.

- Accept compliments. When people give you compliments, try to accept them gracefully instead of brushing them off or downplaying them. It can be hard to believe that we deserve praise, but try to remind yourself that the person giving the compliment knows what they're talking about.

- Set realistic goals. One way to combat imposter syndrome is to set realistic goals for yourself. If you're constantly striving for perfection, you're more likely to feel like an imposter when you don't reach your goal. However, if you set realistic goals, you'll be more likely to achieve them and feel good about yourself.

- Be kind to yourself. It's important to be kind to yourself when you're suffering from imposter syndrome. This means accepting your flaws and mistakes, and forgiving yourself when you make them. Remember that everyone makes mistakes, and that you're only human.

If you follow these tips, you should start to feel better about yourself and conquer imposter syndrome.

Have a great week!

Dionne xxx ✨

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