Tips for Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

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Experts estimate that up to 70% of professionals deal with imposter syndrome. I am one of those people, and this past week I had a curious encounter with it. I followed a simple strategy to pull myself out of it, and I wanted to share that with you.

Just a few hours ago, I escaped the grip of Imposter Syndrome in the middle of an event.

I was speaking alongside Michelle Peters about Leadership Insights, and it suddenly began to sink in mid-conversation.

I fell back on these simple tips which got me out of it.

Recognize Your Fear

I was beginning to feel fear. Fear that I wasn’t qualified to be having this conversation. Fear that I was being judged by the audience.

This was critical. Once I recognized what was happening inside, I was able to recognize what was happening outside.

Observe Your Behavior

When I feel the grips of Imposter Syndrome, I tend to lock up. I close myself off from conversation, and I start to shut down. I go entirely inward.

I was, in real time, recognizing what the fear was doing to me. It was here that I realized exactly what was happening, and I knew I had to take stock of positive things to bring myself out.

Focus on the Wins

Combating Imposter Syndrome is all about bringing logic back to the forefront. You can transform your emotional state by recognizing all of the positive things around you, as a result of your own hard work.

I looked once more at the audience list, and I began to recognize familiar names. There were many people who I had worked with in the past. I had positive interactions with them all, and I focused on that.

These people were here to support me, and to check in on the work I’m doing now. I remembered so many positive interactions with these individuals, and I felt grounded in their support.

Even after the conversation ended, I focused more on the wins. The win of having the opportunity to work with Michelle, the win of helping those who tuned in to the conversation, and the win of working through my Imposter Syndrome.

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