Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever felt you’re not as competent as others perceive you to be? And that at any given moment people will realize you are phony – Like you don’t belong where you are, and you only got there through a strike of luck.

By: Tatiana Cortes

Also known as the impostor syndrome, is the persistent inability to believe that one’s success has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s efforts and/or skills. This ‘chronic self-doubt’ is not uncommon amongst entrepreneurs. 

So, what can we do to overcome the impostor syndrome? Here are some tips to mitigate the negative effects of this syndrome:

Recognize impostor feelings

Being self-aware of those feelings when they emerge is the first step to change. Track your thoughts, analyze what they are and when they emerge.

Reprogram your mind

Instead of accepting the thought of self-doubt, in whatever scheme that comes to your head, replace it! Remind yourself that is normal not to know everything and that you will learn and become a better professional as you progress. The only way you can stop feeling like an impostor, is to stop thinking like an impostor.

Talk about it

There might be others having the same self-doubting thoughts and having an open dialogue can have a positive impact on both of you.

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