Do you ever find yourself doubting your skills, your knowledge, your abilities? Is there a voice inside asking, “Who am I to do this thing, to take this step, to make this move?” If you find these questions swirling inside you, then you are most likely facing Imposter Syndrome.
Psychology Today describes people struggling with Imposter Syndrome as people who “believe that they are undeserving of their achievements and the high esteem in which they are, in fact, generally held. They feel that they aren’t as competent or intelligent as others might think—and that soon enough, people will discover the truth about them.”
When you face doubts and hear a critical voice telling you that you’re not ready, or that you’re not good enough, you can first and foremost take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in this struggle.
Self-doubt and insecurity are common, and especially in high achieving people who grew up in competitive environments, and/or environments who placed a high value on performance and perfectionism.
Before you practice the 5 steps below, take a moment to release any judgment you may feel around your struggle with Imposter Syndrome. The fact that you have identified the issue, illustrates that you are insightful and conscientious, and now you can prepare yourself to move forward even amidst this challenge.
5 Steps to Managing Imposter Syndrome
Author and speaker, Byron Katie, suggests these 4 questions for self-inquiry:
Expertise in any area of our lives comes with practice and persistence, and you can practice these 5 steps to gain mastery over Imposter Syndrome.
Each time you’re faced with a critical thought that questions your abilities, or you feel your confidence waning, go back to these 5 steps to help you journey through the doubt and towards your true gifts and potential.
About Reneé Tumolo
Reneé is a certified life coach with a Master’s in Social Work, who helps people build healthier relationships for a happier life. She helps her clients capitalize on their strengths, while working through the blocks and obstacles that hold them back from their passions, dreams, and goals. Reneé believes that compassion, holistic goal-setting, and accountability are important factors in facilitating the change we seek personally and professionally, and she loves supporting people in creating lives they love.
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