Feeling like an impostor can make taking risks and pushing for career advancement difficult, but with the proper tools you can overcome imposter syndrome.
First and foremost, don’t be shy to express your emotions. Doing so may help you realize that others have felt similarly. Furthermore, focus on facts rather than creating stories in your head that might cloud reality.
1. Practice self-compassion
Feeling like an impostor can be exhausting. It can lead to overwork and burnout, ultimately harming your career over time. Furthermore, feelings of inadequacy can threaten self-esteem and make finding joy in work difficult.
Self-compassion can be one of the most effective strategies to manage imposter syndrome. This involves treating yourself with kindness and care that you would extend to close friends; doing this allows you to let go of perfectionism while accepting both strengths and weaknesses as part of who you are; it also helps prevent negative thoughts from festering, while reinforcing more positive ones instead.
Logging your achievements can help you take stock of what you’ve accomplished and recognize how far you have come. It also serves as a useful reminder when feeling insecure; seeking positive feedback from others may also help alleviate imposter syndrome.
2. Practice gratitude
Gratitude can be an effective antidote to imposter syndrome. Through practicing gratitude, it can help you recognize and appreciate all of the skills, strengths, and resources unique to yourself as well as those from family, friends, and your community. Furthermore, practicing gratitude helps put challenges into perspective which reduces feelings of self-doubt and anxiety.
Practicing gratitude can also help shift you away from a fixed mindset – whereby your personality and abilities are predetermined – to a growth mindset, where failure serves as an opportunity for learning and growth. People suffering from imposter syndrome often adopt fixed mindsets which compound feelings of inadequacy and doubt.
As well as practicing gratitude, another effective way of ungrounding negative thoughts is seeking feedback from trusted confidantes. They can help identify and challenge distorted beliefs that cause imposter syndrome; for instance, if you feel you only received your promotion because your charm won over the boss, your confidant can remind you of all the other qualifications that make you worthy of receiving it.
3. Focus on the facts
Reminding yourself of the facts is one way to address impostor feelings when they arise, such as writing down all of the positive feedback received from your boss or coworkers. Reframing damaging thoughts like “everyone is laughing at me because I messed up on this project,” can also help bring you back into reality and bring relief.
Research shows that talking about feelings of impostor-ship with trusted friends or mentors may also be beneficial in finding relief and clarity from feeling like frauds. Sharing one’s own experiences often provides relief and clarity; additionally, knowing someone else has experienced similar feelings may serve as an antidote.
If you find yourself struggling with systemic feelings related to gender, race, or other identities, working with a culturally aware therapist may be immensely beneficial. Self-awareness exercises, mindfulness practices, and reframing negative thoughts are effective tools for combatting imposter syndrome – and remember: doing great work doesn’t require being perfect every time!
4. Practice mindfulness
Imposter Syndrome can be overcome through mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness teaches you to observe thoughts and emotions without judgment, so you can see your impostor feelings as temporary rather than an accurate reflection of who you are as an individual.
Many individuals suffering from imposter syndrome also struggle with perfectionism, an attitude that can be counterproductive in the workplace. When striving for perfection becomes too much to bear and leads to frustration and failure. You can break this vicious cycle by learning how to let go of perfectionism and let go of your ambition.
Those suffering from imposter syndrome should reach out for support. A therapist can help identify the root causes and offer strategies for overcoming them; while a mentor can recognize your strengths and focus on evidence of your success. By challenging negative self-image and acknowledging facts instead, one can begin believing in themselves more readily.
5. Practice self-talk
Although discussing imposter syndrome may be daunting, sharing your experiences may help ease feelings of isolation and allow others to provide support and strategies for dealing with similar emotions.
When feeling overwhelmed by negative self-talk, practice some positive self-talk to refocus your thoughts and boost confidence. One method would be writing affirmations out for yourself to read or record and playback when needed as a confidence booster.
Remind yourself that everyone, even highly successful people, experiences moments of self-doubt. Learning to recognize these feelings and take steps to combat them will help build your confidence and overcome imposter syndrome. One effective strategy for doing this includes replacing negative thoughts with positive affirmation statements, focusing on facts instead of emotions and celebrating each victory – no matter how small. Over time you will realize that success comes from hard work rather than luck or good fortune.
You may read related articles: