How To Get Over Imposter Syndrome

By on April 16, 2021

Imposter syndrome is a real problem and one that can hold many would-be successful business people back. Writers are particularly susceptible. So how do we deal with imposter syndrome and work to prevent it from allowing us to be the best we can possibly be? Let's take a look at some of the steps we can take to overcome it:

Talk about it

The more we talk about imposter syndrome the less of a taboo it will be, and therefore the less power it will have. So many prominent people suffer from imposter syndrome and the more recognized it becomes, the more we will be able to support one another.

Recognize it

Make sure you recognize the signs of imposter syndrome within yourself. These could be different for everyone. So make sure you see the warning signs of imposter syndrome when they creep up on you. The sooner you recognize them, the sooner you can deal with them.

Focus on the positive

Develop a healthy response to making mistakes. No one is perfect after all. If you fail understand that this is part of the learning curve and an opportunity to learn. If you can stay positive in the face of failure, you will overcome it much more quickly and feel like you deserve the success you have. 

Change the rules

People can create all sorts of strange rules for themselves which can end up holding them back. Instead of telling yourself that you should always know the answers or that you should never ask anyone for help, try changing your attitude and being more open. You can be wrong, you can ask for help, this doesn’t make you less of a person or less valuable. It makes you smart and wise. 

Work on a new script

Imposter syndrome is clever in the way it gets inside your head. If you find yourself constantly being negative, catastrophizing, and talking yourself down, try to flip the script. Feeling daunted and not good enough can be part of pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, but when it gets in the way of our success, it’s time to find something new to say. 

Visualize what you want

Visualization can be key to success and positive thinking. Spend time focusing on your goals and really see yourself achieving them. Doing this instead of conjuring up images of impending disaster is definitely going to make you feel better!

Fake it ‘til you make it'

We all end up in situations where we feel a little out of our depth from time to time, and that’s OK - it really is! So if you aren’t feeling confident in your ability, just act like you are. Your brain will soon catch up!

So there you have it, if you are suffering from imposter syndrome try the above to break the cycle. What do you do to feel more confident? Share with us in the comments!

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