Impostor syndrome is considered as an internal experience where you believe that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. You may feel like a phony and as though you don't belong where you are, and you only got there through luck. This syndrome can affect anyone regardless of your status or wealth.
Common signs of imposter syndrome include:
An inability to realistically assess your competence and skills
Attributing your success to external factors
Berating your performance
Fear that you won't live up to expectations
Sabotaging your own success
Setting very challenging goals and feeling disappointed when you fall short
Imposter syndrome can appear in a number of different ways. A few different types of imposter syndrome that have been identified are: -
The perfectionist: Perfectionists are never satisfied and always feel that their work could be better
The superhero: Superheroes feel inadequate, they always feel they need to push themselves to work as hard as possible.
The expert: Experts are always trying to learn more and are never satisfied with their level of understanding. They are often highly skilled, yet they underrate their own expertise.
The natural genius: Natural Geniuses set excessively high goals for themselves, and when they don't accomplish them they feel crushed
The soloist: Soloists tend to be very individualistic and prefer to work alone. They get self-worth from their own productivity and often reject offers of assistance.
To overcome impostor syndrome, you need to make a conscious effort and ask yourself what you want from life. We also suggest these tips
Surround yourself with family and friends that uplift and encourage you to fulfill your best potential
Read self help books
Confess positive daily affirmations about yourself and your capabilities
Watch or listen to motivational programs or podcasts
Don't compare yourself, your journey is yours
Question your negative thought process and the roots it steams from
Speak to someone about how you feel
Make daily, weekly monthly, yearly to-do list and treat yourself when you accomplish any task however small
Visualise and manifest the you, you want to be on a daily basis
Take time with everything, it's all a process not a race!
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