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.
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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.
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.
Remind yourself that when you don’t know something it’s not a failure, it’s a learning opportunity that can lead to mastery.
Keep a journal of successes and positive comments from others, refer to it when you begin to doubt yourself.
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.
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.
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.
Catch and correct negative language you use to describe yourself that reinforces the mindset of impostor syndrome.
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.
Think of your greatest achievements. Do you feel proud of what you've accomplished? Or do you feel like a fraud?
Does each raise, promotion or accolade bring joy? Or is it accompanied by the dread that, one day, your cover will be blown, and everyone will find out that you just got lucky?
If you experience feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, don't sweat. Impostor Syndrome is typically associated with high achievers. So, if you feel like a fraud, the chances are that you're more capable than you think. Real frauds don't worry about things like this.
It is the feeling that you are not worthy of your designation, title, position or success.
Your accomplishments may be due to luck or effort, but you feel you lack the talent or skill for them.
A feeling of being unworthy and secretly cheating your audience/employer or followers is common and natural, especially in the field of writing.
70 percent of millennials have reported that they have experienced impostor syndrome.
Underestimating yourself is actually a better strategy than to overestimate your abilities, and exaggerating your efforts.
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