5 Reasons We Suffer Imposter Syndrome and How to Overcome It.Jul 31, 2023
On our entrepreneurial journey, there are many roadblocks we will encounter. One of the most common one, and major causes of procrastination is that of Imposter Syndrome.
Being plagued by self-doubt, feeling like a fraud despite your accomplishments. Don’t worry, you are not alone!
Here are five common reasons why we suffer from imposter syndrome and some strategies to overcome it.
Comparison Trap AKA
Why Can't I Be Like Them? One of the key triggers of imposter syndrome is the comparison trap.
We often measure our success against others, focusing on their achievements and feeling inadequate in comparison.
Remember, each journey is unique, and everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, celebrate your own progress and focus on your individual growth.
Unrealistic Standards AKA Chasing the Myth of Perfection
Imposter syndrome thrives on unrealistic standards we set for ourselves. We strive for perfection in every aspect of our lives, fearing that anything less will expose us as frauds.
Embrace the idea that perfection is an illusion and that progress is more important.
Set realistic goals, celebrate small victories, and acknowledge that making mistakes is an essential part of learning and growing.
Fear of Failure: What If I'm Not Good Enough?
The fear of failure is a major contributor to imposter syndrome. We worry that if we fail, we'll be exposed as incompetent.
But here's the truth: failure is not a reflection of your worth or abilities. Embrace failure as a valuable learning experience and an opportunity for growth.
Allow yourself to take risks, step out of your comfort zone, and celebrate the lessons learned along the way.
Inadequate Self-Appreciation: Discounting Our Achievements
Imposter syndrome often causes us to downplay our accomplishments, attributing them to luck or external factors. We struggle to internalise our success and give ourselves credit for our hard work.
Practice self-appreciation by keeping a gratitude journal, acknowledging your achievements, and recognizing your unique talents and skills.
Celebrate your accomplishments and learn to embrace the recognition you deserve.
Negative Self-Talk: Silencing Your Inner Critic
Our inner critic can be relentless, feeding imposter syndrome with negative self-talk. We constantly doubt ourselves, question our abilities, and undermine our accomplishments.
Challenge that inner critic by reframing your thoughts and replacing self-doubt with self-compassion.
Replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations and surround yourself with a supportive network that lifts you up and reminds you of your worth.
Imposter syndrome can be a real challenge, but understanding its root causes is the first step toward overcoming it.
Remember, you are not alone in experiencing these feelings of self-doubt.
By recognising the comparison trap, setting realistic standards, embracing failure, appreciating your achievements, and silencing your inner critic, you can gradually overcome imposter syndrome and reclaim your confidence.
Embrace your unique journey, celebrate your progress, and remember that you are capable, deserving, and more than qualified to achieve your goals. It's time to break free from imposter syndrome and step into your true potential. You've got this!
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