I was initially hesitant to write this, but I realize I am not the only person to face this struggle. Sharing might just help someone else.
Impostor syndrome in an invisible force that erodes our confidence. It does not discriminate; anyone can feel like an impostor, regardless of their achievements or profession.
For me, these feelings intensify when billing customers:
- Did I deliver a good product?
- Will they be happy? Or upset?
- Will they think I am a fraud?
Such thoughts make us question our accomplishments. No matter the accolades or successes, those grappling with these feelings often credit their milestones to luck, perfect timing, or other external factors.
While occasional self-doubt is natural, especially when venturing into the unfamiliar, it can become problematic when it becomes a persistent voice in our heads.
If these sentiments sound familiar, consider the following strategies:
-Acknowledge and discuss It. Realizing and accepting these feelings, then understanding you are not unique in these experiences, can be freeing. Engaging in open conversations in supportive circles can shatter the illusion that everyone else finds success with ease.
Remember, you're not alone.
-Build a support network. Establish connections with trusted colleagues or mentors who resonate with your aspirations and challenges. Their insights can offer perspective and reaffirm your skills and achievements.
-Re-evaluate your thinking. Approach your thoughts rationally. Contemplate your accomplishments and, if it helps, write them down. Reflect on your dedication, hard work, and what you brought to the table during those successes.
You made success happen!
-Accept imperfections and failures. Perfection is a mirage. Recognize that setbacks are natural steppingstones. Embracing mistakes provides a fresh perspective, seeing them as learning experiences instead of judgments on your capabilities.
-Practice self-compassion. And finally, be kind to yourself. Extend the same understanding and compassion to yourself as you would to a friend. Recognize your flaws and setbacks as universal human experiences.
Overcoming impostor syndrome is a journey towards self-recognition, continuous growth, and embracing our flawed selves. It does not have to define you. By recognizing, understanding, and addressing these feelings, you can embrace your achievements and regain your self-confidence.
You've got this.
- Brian Townsend, Eagle 6 Training