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What is imposter syndrome and do I have it?


What is Imposter Syndrome?

Do you ever doubt your ability, your achievements, your skills, and talents? Do you fear you will come across as a fraud? You are suffering from imposter syndrome.

Individuals at all levels can suffer from imposter syndrome. Even the most successful CEOs in the world are known to suffer from this.

How do we know we are suffering from Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome creates a lot of anxiety, fear, and a belief pattern that they are worthless. Individuals consistently seek approval from others to feel self-worth. They never applaud themselves for their success and usually attribute it to external factors.

These feelings eventually end up forming a belief pattern within us. A few main ones I hear from my clients are “I am not good enough”, “a part of me says I can’t do it”. The list is endless. A pattern like this ends up forming clouds of fear and anxiety, creating an empty hollow feeling within ourselves. Such a mindset, constantly makes us seek the approval of an external individual. Hence, such individuals live in self-doubt.

How can you overcome Imposter syndrome?

NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) has various techniques that help overcome imposter syndrome, here are a few key factors that can help you:

  1. Self realisation: a reality check and self-realisation attributes to overcoming imposter syndrome. We all get negative thoughts, but do negative thoughts help us grow or just create anxiety and fear? Understanding the pattern of negative thoughts and how they stem is vital for overcoming imposter syndrome.
  1. Gratitude: we all wish for something (relationships/work) that looks better than our own. However, gratitude helps us to be happy in our present. Gratitude prevents us from forming a cloud of anxiety and fear around us. Tell yourself each morning the things you are grateful for.
  1. Visual boards: we all need a visual board of our achievements and goals we wish to reach.
  1. Be Kind to yourself: as individuals, we need to be kind to ourselves first. Being kind towards yourself then allows us to be kind to the people around us. Applaud yourself for your achievements. I am enough! A strong phrase we should say to ourselves every day. Put the phrase on a mirror on a sticky note, believe it and feel it grow within.
  1. Surround yourself with positive people and those that have a mindset to keep growing. 

In a nutshell, we all need to understand ourselves deeply before forming meaningful relationships at work or in our personal lives. Self-belief, loving ourselves, and staying focused on our growth are prime. Remember the most important person in your life is “YOU”!

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