Do you ever feel like you have no idea what you are doing?
Have you ever felt like people could easier realize you don’t deserve to be where you are in your work?
Do you ever feel like a fraud?
If you said yes to any of these then you are in good company.
If you have ever questioned:
Then I’m here to tell you you have struggled with imposter syndrome.
Imposter syndrome is a perpetual feeling of inadequacy–that someone will find out that you’re faking it and don’t deserve to be doing what you’re doing or haven’t rightly earned your job title. Imposter syndrome is a lie that about 70% of people will encounter in their lifetime.
Interestingly enough, most people who struggle with imposter syndrome don’t even realize they battle it, but that ends here because we are moving past imposter syndrome once and for all.
Although men and women from all ethnicities and backgrounds struggle with imposter syndrome, some of us deal with it more significantly than others. You’re more likely to deal with imposter syndrome if you have:
And imposter syndrome can surface in a variety of ways.
Perfectionists constantly procrastinate and put tasks off because they believe they will know more or have more time to dedicate to it later. They minimize all of the information and knowledge that they’ve gained leading up to that time as they imagine how much more they will gain as they move forward. Instead, they focus on everything they need to know that will make them even more knowledgeable on the subject.
People who question their worth attribute their success to luck. They feel that they’ve somehow tricked their employer or team leader and their inadequacies will be exposed.
They struggle to get the gumption to start and deal with an overall lack of motivation because they believe that will lead them one step closer to being exposed. This form of perfectionism is just as paralyzing as any other, even if they did have the boldness to accept a new position or assume a new responsibility.
Natural geniuses enjoy the feeling of accessing information quickly without having to work hard to do so. That’s why when they finally encounter a problem they don’t have an easy or accurate solution to immediately, they begin to question themselves. When they recognize they need to develop a new skill or conduct further research, they struggle with their identity.
People who deal with imposter syndrome don’t readily accept compliments. Because of the constant belief that they are undeserving, they deflect compliments quickly and rarely internalize them. Feeling as if the person who has complimented them was “being nice” or “had to say that” continues to add pressure to their need to perform. This distrust of others also leads them to take on more than they can sometimes handle.
Unfortunately, people who struggle with imposter syndrome don’t ask for help quickly. They also have sincere issues with setting and maintaining boundaries. When they begin to feel stressed due to the number of responsibilities they’ve accepted, they start feeling like a fraud.
Burnout only exaggerates the feelings of imposter syndrome and can even lead to a dangerous cycle: one in which you are always downplaying what you have achieved.
People who self-sabotage will also focus on the negatives. They sometimes focus on the variety of reasons others may have for not working with them above the wide range of skills they bring to the partnership. Those who engage in this behavior often feel they have won by eliminating themselves well before anyone else could.
What a bummer.
The bright side of identifying your triggers or how imposter syndrome is showing up in your life is that you can now recognize where you’ve fallen prey to it in the past.
Now for the good news! You can conquer imposter syndrome! Begin to implement these solutions into your routine and enjoy the freedom from imposter syndrome once and for all.
Now go out there and be great. As to the answers to the questions you asked earlier, let me help you with those:
For more on this subject, read about your enneagram type and imposter syndrome here to find out how your enneagram type can be impacted by imposter syndrome.
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