If you’ve experienced imposter syndrome, you’re not alone. According to NBC News, 70% of Americans have experienced it at least once in their careers.
Imposter syndrome is defined by [HBR] as “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success.” If you’ve faced imposter syndrome, you’ve likely had variations of these thoughts:
“I’m not an expert here, so I can’t offer any valuable opinions.””People won’t listen to me because I don’t have that many years of experience.””My team will think I’m incompetent since I don’t have all the answers.””I was promoted because I was lucky. I don’t really deserve it”.
We convince ourselves that these stories are true because it’s a way of protecting ourselves from failure, or the worst case scenario. These feelings are completely normal. Although we cannot predict when these feelings will show up, we can be rewire our brain to react appropriately when they do. The tips below have worked for our Workhap team; you may find them helpful as well!
For example, let’s take one of the statements mentioned earlier: I was promoted because I was lucky. I don’t really deserve it.
Using the same example from above, think about these questions and the outcomes
If you feel like an imposter, that’s a sign of growth. Doing something unfamiliar will feel awkward, intimidating, and unnatural. But no one’s expecting you to be perfect when you do something for the first time. Neither should you.
Practice reframing your statements to:
And remember, you’re not alone. So many people are affected by imposter syndrome. But you’re also capable of overcoming it.
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