Anyone can experience imposter syndrome. It’s a sinking feeling you’re not talented enough, qualified enough, or experienced enough to do a certain kind of work or achieve a certain level of success.
If you’re battling imposter syndrome, you may doubt your own abilities, feel like a fraud, and experience anxiety or depression. You may obsess over tiny mistakes in your work, wish you were naturally brilliant, credit your success to luck or other outside factors, downplay your own expertise in areas where you’re highly skilled, or worry that you’ll be found out as a phony.
So how can you shake off these negative feelings and regain your self-confidence?
Acknowledge this sneaky, sinking feeling. You may be feeling a little less than perfect or less than worthy right now. We all do from time to time. Write it down in a notebook or tell a trusted friend or family member.
Remind yourself how hard you’ve worked. Review the education, training, and experience you’ve gained along the way. You’ve worked hard, studied hard, and put in your time.
Take the big picture view. If you’re stuck thinking about little things you’ve done “wrong” or less than perfectly… will these little things matter in three days? Three months? Three years? The chances are pretty good that they won’t.
Be kind to yourself. It’s not easy, but you can do it!
Refocus on growth. This is especially important if you’re feeling burned out or like you’ve hit a dead end. Stretch yourself by trying new things and practicing new skills.
These strategies can help you to feel more confident in yourself, your skills, and your goals for the future.
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