12 Ways to get over Imposter Syndrome

12 Ways to get over Imposter Syndrome

12 Ways to get over Imposter Syndrome

Research shows that Imposter Syndrome affects half of high achievers, with a gender split of 51% of women and 49% of men.  The phrase refers to the fear of being ‘found out’ for not really knowing what they are doing, despite displaying confidence in their role.  If you feel you may be struggling with Imposter Syndrome you are likely to question your ability, feel anxious, not be able to believe your success, and generally struggle with self-doubt.

Here are 12 Ways to get over Imposter Syndrome:

1. Stamp out the Negative Voice  – you may need to work on the techniques every day and develop a  Positive Mental Attitude– the more you look for the positives in what you have achieved, the more you will boost your inner confidence.

2. List your Achievements and refer to them regularly; psychologists call this ‘journaling’ and it is a very successful technique to overcome self-doubt.

3. Develop Resilience to bounce back from any failures and set-backs, assess your reactions and learn from any mistakes.

4. Accept you’re not perfect and remember the words of Henry Ford: ‘Failure is merely an opportunity to more intelligently begin again.’

5. Ask yourself Open Questions, such as ‘What’s working well?’ and ‘What am I good at?’ instead of Closed Questions, such as ‘Can I do this?’ and ‘Am I good enough?’  You can then be more objective and logical and not engage in a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’, black or white internal debate, which can lead to a downward spiral of negative thoughts, confusion and inertia.

6. Have your own personal vision with SMART Stretch goals and review them regularly to keep on track.  Push yourself in order to reach your full potential.

7. Put yourself out of your comfort zone in order to develop skills and work on your key development areas, but prepare very well in advance and use creative visualization to achieve success.

8. Accept that you cannot control everything and focus on what you can influence, such as your attitude and behaviours.

9. Enlist the support of a qualified and experienced Executive Coach or Mentor who will listen to your fears or concerns and identify ways to address them effectively in order for you to become even more successful.

10. Celebrate success: unfortunately, it is rare for people to give positive feedback on performance, so regularly take time out to reflect, plan, prioritize and give yourself a pat on the back.  Create a folder for positive feedback and refer to it whenever self-doubt creeps in.

11. Don’t compare yourself to your peers, chances are they have a whole set of other issues they are experiencing.

12. Invest time in training provided by your employer, but also aim to further increase your skills and knowledge through self-development.

I have seen clients achieve great success, be able to fulfil their ambitions, and get the job they really want when they are able to overcome their feelings of Imposter Syndrome.

'I cannot thank you enough; without your support and encouragement I would never have applied for the C-suite roles, or believed I would be successful.  Now I'm here I feel very capable!'  CEO 

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