Imposter syndrome is something 90% of women experience, and yet is hardly ever spoken about. It’s in the nature of it; we don’t want anyone to find out we’re all frauds and not qualified for the positions of work we’re in (even though that isn’t the truth).
Experiencing imposter syndrome is difficult. It can stop you from reaching your full potential because you feel like you don’t deserve it and you don’t know how you’ve gotten to that spot, so you start doubting yourself. More scientifically, it’s described as a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalised fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
The good news is that it can be beaten! So, without further ado, here are some tips…
Recognising negative self-talk
We all do it. It’s easier to think negatively than positively, and that is a concept imposter syndrome thrives on. We tell ourselves things like: “I’m not experienced enough to be doing this job,” or “everyone here thinks I’m not good enough.” The longer we tell ourselves those things, the more believable they become.
Recognising when these thoughts come into your mind will help you to challenge them. It may take some time before you get rid of the negative thoughts entirely but try starting with acknowledging them and telling yourself why they’re not true.
As soon as you think “I’m not experienced enough,” explain the facts to yourself. You’ve gotten the job for a reason in the first place, so it’s obvious you are experienced enough.
Take account of your successes
Just like negative thoughts, it’s too easy for us to not think of the progress we’re making and the successes we’ve had. Not noticing your progress and your successes feeds the imposter syndrome and has you believing that all you’ve done so far is make mistakes.
Physically being able to see your achievements can help in the times the imposter syndrome is strong. Maybe keep a note on your phone any time something good happens at work, something you’re proud of, and when you’ve pushed yourself.
Fake it ‘til you make it
Beat your imposter syndrome at its own game. If you’re believing you’re not good enough to be in the role you have, who’s to say you can’t believe you are good for this role – even if you don’t believe it yet.
Once you fake the confidence and hear yourself coping with any challenges that come your way, it soon enough won’t be fake anymore.