Do you ever feel like you are failing despite all your achievements? If you find yourself thinking that your success is a fraud, you’re not alone. It’s actually due to a common phenomenon called imposter syndrome. Studies show approximately 70 percent of people experience these feelings at some point or another. If you are having trouble internalizing your success, we’re here to help.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter syndrome can basically be summed up as feelings of inadequacy despite evident success. Imposters suffer from severe self-doubt and incompetence that overshadows any intrinsic self-value.
It can make you feel bad about your accomplishments no matter how successful you are—like you’re only successful by luck and not due to the work you put in. This can take a serious toll on your motivation and overall feelings of self-worth.
We’re going to talk about five easy ways to combat its effects:
1. Recognize the Symptoms
Ways to mitigate the negative impact of imposter syndrome can vary from person to person, but the first thing you must do is recognize the signs as you begin feeling them. Keep track of what types of feelings emerge and what happened to bring them on, so you can start seeing the pattern of your behavior.
2. Reframe the Way You Think
Everyone makes mistakes; it’s how we handle them that really makes the difference. Instead of punishing yourself for being human, turn a negative experience into a learning experience. If you begin to treat minor mishaps as lessons rather than the end of the world, you’ll see a huge change in the way it affects your mental health.
3. Talk About Your Feelings
Don’t leave yourself alone with your fraudulent feelings. When you talk about imposter syndrome, you begin to break the mysterious stigma that surrounds it. You’re not alone in this and talking with others who experience the same thing can be therapeutic for everyone involved.
4. Reward Yourself
Imposter syndrome can be tied directly with craving validation from outside sources. Instead of putting so much weight behind what other people say, give yourself a little extra love when you do something well. How you feel about yourself should be at the top of your list at all times.
5. Learn to Love Winging It
One of the hardest things to come to terms with is you’re not always going to have the answer. Sometimes, you need to think on your feet and make the most of a situation. Winging it is not a sign of failure. In fact, it’s a great indication of quick thinking and intelligent problem solving.
Don’t become a victim to false feelings. Altering how you think is a continuous process, but you can’t wait until you’re ready. Courage doesn’t just happen; it comes from taking risks. That means you have to actively change your behavior in order to really start seeing a change in the way you think about yourself.
It won’t happen overnight, and you may even need some extra help along the way. Our team at MarCan Coaching & Consulting can guide you through each step of your career growth journey so you can achieve a healthier mindset. Don’t put your success on the backburner; call our team to learn more about how you can get started today.