Imposter syndrome is a real thing. Picture this. You’ve finally taken a leap of faith. You’ve gone after the one thing you’ve been wanting to pursue for what feels like a lifetime.
Maybe it’s a leadership position, maybe it’s a relationship, or maybe it’s the business you’ve always dreamed of creating. Whatever you’ve decided to pursue, it’s a new and exciting challenge and you’re fully committed.
“So,” you wonder, “why am I now doubting myself?”
Or you wonder, “When are they going to find out that someone else would be better for this?”
If these thoughts sound familiar, you’re not alone.
Most of us who dream big and pursue our dreams come up against these thoughts of self doubt. There’s even a name for it – Imposter Syndrome.
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Imposter syndrome is a belief that you haven’t earned, aren’t qualified to have, or don’t deserve your success. People who have imposter syndrome usually chalk up their successes and accomplishments to luck, being in the right place at the right time, or being a fraud.
Are you unsure of what imposter syndrome? Do you wonder what you might be thinking if you suffer from imposter syndrome? This should help. Below are some of the thoughts that might run through your mind on a regular basis if you suffer from imposter syndrome.
Imposter syndrome thoughts are rooted in self doubt. They don’t encourage you to try new things. They hold you back from doing anything outside your comfort zone. And they leave you wondering why you’re stuck.
The truth is that it’s only when you move outside your comfort zone and accept new challenges (even when the fear seems like it’s too much) that the imposter syndrome sneaks up.
I mean, you’ve never had imposter syndrome thoughts from sitting on the couch watching a movie, right?
This is great news. It means that imposter syndrome shows up when you’re truly living your life. It’s there when you’re challenging yourself and trying new things. So, you just need to remember that having imposter syndrome thoughts means you’re doing the best thing for your growth and success.
When you do have imposter syndrome thoughts remember that nothing has gone wrong. It’s just your brain doing its job. Its job is to protect you at all times. When you’re challenged in any way, your brain takes that as a sign to step in and derail your plans. This is how it keeps you safe. Knowing this is helpful because you can acknowledge that when this happens it’s just your brain doing its job. And you can remind yourself that nothing has gone wrong and then move forward intentionally with your plans.
When you aren’t aware of imposter syndrome, you might react to it in all sorts of creative ways. You might second guess yourself, spin in indecision, feel overwhelmed, or try to take every perfect action possible right now.
Spinning in indecision, second guessing yourself, feeling overwhelmed, and trying to take perfect action are all optional. Really, they are. Those are choices you can choose to make or not. They’re driven by your thoughts of not being qualified or deserving of your accomplishments. You just need to work on overcoming your imposter syndrome thoughts.
Remember that imposter syndrome leads to doubting your accomplishments and discounting the realities of what you’re capable of doing or creating.
Here are some journal questions to ask yourself for those moments when you get caught up in the imposter syndrome trap.
Overcoming imposter syndrome takes intentional practice. Being outside your comfort zone and challenging yourself to grow often feels really uncomfortable. The more you realize this and accept that growth requires getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, the more you’ll show up anyway and intentionally create your fabulous life.
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