Our Troublesome Inner Voice
The infamous Imposter Syndrome, where we secretly believe that we are not worthy of our position, affects all kinds of people across all sectors, and mostly happens due to the fear of failure.
We are unable to recognize the inner voice that makes us feel like a fraudulent person. Our inner critic needs to be silenced and replaced with motivating and encouraging thoughts.
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Just like journaling, verbalizing your thoughts by confiding in a trusted aide or a close friend is cathartic.
They will repair your diminished mindset and self-doubt and put your confidence back on your face.
Intentional deep breathing is a sure-fire way to increase the oxygen levels inside you and to de-stress yourself.
Most people use a quarter of their lung capacity and only need to take a few long and slow breaths to feel better.
We often don’t have high regard for ourselves, due to our upbringing or life experiences.
If we are not sure of ourselves, we can try to visualize what our idol would do in the same situation, and how the seemingly insurmountable problem would be managed by that person.
Journaling can be a great tool to put the negative self-critic out of our minds and on paper.
The self-talk, when written down, morphs into self-compassion and is devoid of its power on us.
If we focus on what matters to us in the long run, and what impacts our career, we will find that the fear of failure or the ‘internal feeling of intellectual phoniness’ is trivial.
Setting our eyes on long term goals and vision removes the temporary feelings of unworthiness.
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.
The new generation has experienced a never-ending stream of expectations, where their achievements are never enough. They are always pushed up on the edge of perfection, being rated and scored every moment.
This is a major cause of the phenomenon of the Impostor Syndrome, where an individual secretly has the notion of being incompetent or unqualified for the role or job, even though he or she may have been a high-achiever, and most likely a perfectionist.
A little self-doubt is good as it pushes us to give our best.
However, second-guessing oneself all the time turns into imposter syndrome if left unchecked, due to the insecurity and doubt clouding one’s mind.
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