The Imposter Monster - How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome: Self Esteem Series Part 3

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong, or everyone is going to find out that you don’t deserve your achievements?

I have had crazy imposter syndrome in the past. 95% of the time it is ok, but sometimes, DAMN it hits out of nowhere. I can and do work through this, but it has took me years to figure out that I had this issue. It stopped me from growing to my full potential, but I am on my way to fixing that problem. We are not alone - studies suggest 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at some point in their career.

Overall, imposter syndrome stems from a high sense of self-doubt. Instead of attributing your success to your skills, you might downplay your success and attribute it to luck.

Signs You Might Be Suffering from Imposter Syndrome

Do you relate to any of these patterns?Perfectionism. You may set high goals for yourself. Because your goal is perfection, the smallest mistakes may make you feel like a failure.Attribute success to luck. You downplay your success because you do not believe you deserve the success, or you believe you are just lucky. ● Unable to recognize success. Instead of celebrating your accomplishments, you worry that others will see “the truth” about your skills and abilities. ● Fear of failure. Because of a fear of failure, you may set challenging goals and be disappointed when those goals fail. You might also take on limited tasks because you fear failure. ● Difficulty asking for help. You might have difficulty asking for help because you believe asking for help will show that you’re wrong or unqualified. Experiencing imposter syndrome can limit your confidence to go after new opportunities because you feel that you do not deserve it. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to give yourself more credit and start overcoming those feelings of self-doubt. Steps to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

  1. Acknowledge imposter feelings. Recognize when you start feeling like an imposter. Instead of engaging with your thoughts of self-doubt, acknowledge that it is a normal response.

  2. Understand the root of the cause. Why do you think you feel like you don’t belong? Is it due to a fear of failure? Do you believe that you don’t deserve success? Why or why not?

  3. Focus on facts, not feelings. When you start feeling like a fraud, focus on positive facts. For example, maybe you were chosen for a job interview because of your qualifications.

  4. Ask yourself if that thought helps or hinders you. Does feeling fraudulent help or hinder you? Is that what you want to be? What kind of person do you want to be?