Here’s how to Conquer Imposter Syndrome
Despite regular external proof of competence, some people feel insufficient concerning their self-worth. Studies suggest that common thoughts and emotions linked to this syndrome include, “I must not fail,” “I feel like a fake,” “It’s all about luck,” and “It’s not a big deal to succeed.” I had these feelings too every time I CREATED and convened a forum for business leaders. Even though I planned, organized, and executed those events beautifully, I still didn’t feel qualified enough to cater to those leaders. And I’m not the only one who feels this way.
If you’ve ever felt like a fraud, you’re in good company. Millions of people have been afflicted by persistent self-doubt and feelings of unworthiness, including world-famous actors, sportsmen, and CEOs.
Although both men and women experience impostor syndrome, studies show that women are more often affected and more likely to suffer the consequences. TRADITIONALLY, women have been programmed to belittle themselves and minimize their abilities. It’s no surprise why women tend to question their abilities and feel the need to prove their worth. And this can lead to low self-esteem and self-sabotage, which affects every aspect of a woman’s life adversely.
Dr. Chan, Former Director-General of the World Health Organization, Maya Angelou, and Sheryl Sandberg are examples of well-known people who have admitted to feeling inadequate in their work and indicated the fear of being found out.
In this episode, you’ll learn five strategies that will help you cure persistent self-doubt and low self-esteem while building true confidence.
I would love to hear from you. Tell me in the comments below:
- Has there been a time when you felt like an impostor?
- What actions have helped you limit the negative impact of the impostor syndrome?
- And what steps can you recommend for others to take to conquer this feeling?
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