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Feel like a Fraud? Imposter Syndrome Could Be the Culprit.

by Kerrigan Behrens September 28, 2018


Feel like a Fraud? Imposter Syndrome Could Be the Culprit.

Ask anyone at your work, and they’ll say you’re excellent at your job— you’ve even received accolades and recognition from management. But deep down you feel like a complete fraud—that your accomplishments are the result of serendipitous luck. If you’ve ever felt this way, you’re not alone— research says that 70% of people experience what’s known as ‘Imposter Syndrome’.

While it’s not a disease and certainly not unusual, it can be a hot mess of harmfulness, causing:

  • Stress—“Now they want me to present to the whole company!
  • Anxiety—“There’s no way I’m going to live up to these expectations!”, and
  • Burnout—“Sooner or later they’ll discover it’s not raw, natural talent—I must work even harder and longer to keep up appearances.

So what can you do to combat Imposter Syndrome and thrive in spite of it? Here are five effective strategies:

1. Quiet Your Mind

Ever stopped to notice how noisy your mind is? The constant chatter and self-deprecating thoughtsmake it difficult to focus and gain perspective about work and life. Take a moment for yourself each day to stem the flow and reach a place of wakeful calm where you can breathe, get your heart-rate steady, and see things clearly.

2. Identify the Confidence Culprit

Now that your mind is calm think objectively about what’s shaking your confidence. Is it your new job title? A high-level meeting you’ve been invited to? A high-stakes project you’ve been asked to lead? Write it down, and then list all the thoughts you’re having about it. Don’t censor yourself, just let it all out.

3. Share Your Thoughts with a Trusted Friend

Opening up to a trusted friend helps to distinguish between your perception and the reality of the situation. Plus it can help relieve pent-up feelings and emotions—not to mention, there’s a good chance that trusted person has experienced something similar, making you feel less alone and increasingly part of a large secret club!

4. Create an Accomplishments Box

Record and fully acknowledge each of your achievements—from “Nailed that work presentation” to “Got my tax done!”—count them all. One fun way is by writing them down on a small piece of paper, folding it up, and putting it in a physical ‘Accomplishments’ box—hello tangible evidence!

5. Turn Your Inner Critic Into a Coach

Start to change your thinking patterns by turning your inner critic into a coach. 1. Identify which personal strengths contributed to an achievement or accolade. 2. Get clear on what personal intention or values you brought to a project or success. 3. Make a note of what you learned along the way that you will take into future projects.

While we might not be able to banish imposter syndrome entirely, with the right change in mindset, support from a healthy lifestyle, and using the above strategies, you can start to thrive again, enjoy your achievements, and rebuild confidence in some simple truths—you are worthy, you are enough, and your talents and ideas are worth sharing. Period.

 

References:

https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/IJBS/article/view/521/pdf

http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2013/11/fraud.aspx

https://www.fastcompany.com/40421352/the-five-types-of-impostor-syndrome-and-how-to-beat-them

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-banish-imposter-syndrome-and-embrace-everything-you-deserve

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2016/11/27/9-things-people-with-impostor-syndrome-do/#1be3e73e7c15

https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_cox_what_is_imposter_syndrome_and_how_can_you_combat_it?language=en

 

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Kerrigan Behrens

Kerrigan Behrens' passion for CBD and its therapeutic benefits led her to launch Sagely Naturals alongside Kaley Nichol in 2015. She is motivated by the ability to use plant-based ingredients to effectively replace toxic products in her customers' medicine cabinets and she lives for customer testimonials. She currently serves as the Cofounder and CMO of Sagely Naturals.


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