IMPOSTER SYNDROME! If you’re reading this blog you’ve probably heard of it. But just in case….here’s a quick definition.
Imposter syndrome is just that – it’s feeling like an imposter, a fraud, like someone is going to find you out.
It also means that you assess yourself as lower or worse than you actually are. Like when you get an awesome opportunity and you think, Holy crap, I’m not ready for that! I just got lucky. I only got that opportunity because they like me.
Yep, that’s imposter syndrome.
It manifests in a bunch of different ways, from not going after the promotion or big client because we aren’t sure we can really hack it at that level to keeping ideas to yourself in meetings (especially with leaders!) to staying in a bad job too long because you question if you can be successful at another company.
And it just doesn’t feel good. Wouldn’t you rather feel like your confident, authentic true self rather than a fraud? Yeah, me too.
SO – now that you have your primer on imposter syndrome, what the heck can you do about it?!?
Here’s my #1 tip: NAME IT.
Yep. That’s it. Whenever you hear those imposter thoughts start to circle in your head, stop and NAME IT. Say to yourself “That’s just my inner critic talking. That’s just imposter syndrome. It’s there. That’s cool. I hear you, but you’re not going to make decisions for me.”
That’s it! Try it the next time you feel like an imposter and your inner critic shows up. Let me know how it goes!
Did you know that I coach women one-on-one? I work with women experiencing imposter syndrome and doubt so you can become a confident leader, start a business, or change jobs – and feel GOOD about yourself in the process. The practice I shared today is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to quiet your inner critic and increase your confidence, click here to schedule your free 30-minute coaching consultation with me.