14 Jun 21 / Blog

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be or the status you have gained

When we have imposter syndrome this can show up in many ways:

  • Constantly striving for perfection to prove to yourself you are good enough but end up coming up short every time
  • Never being able to see what you have achieved and only see what you feel you are not good at
  • Low energy
  • Low mood
  • Overwhelm
  • Procrastination
  • Everyday feeling the need to prove yourself
  • Seeking the approval of others
  • The need for external validation

As you will know as well as the above its a constant feeling of never being good enough and you look around feeling like everyone else has it together and you fear you will get found out that you’re not as good as the title you have been given

There are some simple steps that you can do to start turning this around

Acknowledge Your Strengths

Take time to list everything that you are good at and once you have this list I want you to consciously focus on when the strengths are at play and learn to acknowledge when you do something good. When you start to approve of you then you will stop seeking this externally

Acknowledge Your Development Areas

Its so easy to see our weaknesses and do nothing about it apart from confirm that we are not good enough, but if you can acknowledge these perceived weaknesses and turn them into development areas you will start to see ways in which you can continually grow and with competence comes confidence

Celebrate Your Wins

When your mindset is focused on not feeling like you are enough it’s incredibly hard to celebrate your wins when all you see is what you haven’t achieved. Start to have markers in that sand that when you get/ receive / achieve you will wholeheartedly celebrate. Acknowledge that this is the thing that you have been working towards and you have achieved it. The more time you take to celebrate will start to lessen the voice that tells you you’re not good enough

Plan for success

Make sure you have successful habits that support you daily, weekly and monthly. When you feel in control and focused your mind is positively nourished. Take time to look at what you do that gives you success and what habits you need to change/ adapt to get the outcome you want. If certain meetings don’t go well consistently what can you do to prepare for their success? If you feel like your lack of communication holds you back what can you do consistently to improve your communication?

Successful people have successful habits so if something needs to change it will only happen if you decide to make changes!

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