Imposters Beware

It’s estimated that up to 82% of people have impostor syndrome, leaving them feeling as if they have deceived others into believing that they’re more intelligent and capable than they really are.

Usually experienced by high-achievers, or people with under-represented identities in their environment, imposter syndrome can lead to anxiety and depression. People experiencing this phenomenon may be less inclined to take risks in the workforce in case they’re ‘found out”; they may even get to the point of early burnout.

On the flip side, a little bit of self-doubt can be a healthy way to learn and adapt to new challenges, even leading to higher achievement.

It’s all about finding the balance.

According to psychologists, there are a few steps you can take to reduce feelings of imposter syndrome – though it’s unlikely that you’ll never experience it again:

  • Take a step back to look at the bigger picture – what facts support your ability to be in your role?
  • Strategically share your impostor feelings with others – this will reduce loneliness and provide an opportunity for others to share what they see in you. You’ll also realise that others experience imposter syndrome too.
  • Celebrate your successes – even the little ones – if you receive an email with positive feedback, save it, print it, and put it in a prominent place as a reminder.
  • Rather than aiming for perfection, refocus on your progress and reframe failures as opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Learn to recognise when your impostor feelings surface then use mindfulness to shift your perspective – remind yourself that you’re OK – your accomplishments aren’t tied to your value.
  • Realise that imposter feelings will re-emerge when faced with a new challenge – whether it’s a new contract or a career shift.

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