Perfection can hold you back and prevent you from trying new things or developing existing skills all because of the fear that the results won’t be perfect the first time we attempt something different.
Practice pushing aside perfectionism in favour of developing your skills and abilities.
When you understand that self doubt and a lack of confidence is something that most people have experienced at some time, it becomes easier to push through these feelings and believe that if other people have overcome impostor syndrome it’s possible for you too.
When you find yourself doubting your right to your success, it can help to focus on your strengths.
Ground your thoughts in facts and take stock of how your have strengths contributed to your achievements.
When you’re in the grip of self doubt and fear of exposure, recall past challenges and focus on how you used your strengths and abilities to overcome obstacles and develop new skills.
Remind yourself that when you don’t know something it’s not a failure, it’s a learning opportunity that can lead to mastery.
A common theme for those who experience impostor syndrome is the habit of not taking time to acknowledge and savour success. Celebrate and take credit for your successes rather than attributing them to luck or perfectionism.
Keep a journal of successes and positive comments from others, refer to it when you begin to doubt yourself.
Offload to people you trust when you’re in the grip. You might be surprised to hear how many other people have experienced impostor syndrome.
Catch and correct negative language you use to describe yourself that reinforces the mindset of impostor syndrome.
We don’t all start with the same level of ability or talent but to progress our knowledge and skills we need to undertake a process of learning and development.
People who reach the level of mastery understand that experiencing and analysing failures and errors along the way are an essential part of improving performance.
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