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MAY 2024

The Quick Guide to tackle Imposter Syndrome 

We recently did a poll asking women to share what is holding them back in their careers. A staggering 41% of women reported that they are experiencing imposter syndrome and that’s holding them back.

Now, that in fact is amazing news - because it means you are growing in fact….hear me out…

…If you experience the feeling of being an imposter, your neuron in your brain are firing and telling you: ‘Be careful, this is unchartered territory.’

This is normal. Everyone experiences that. Men and women, but perhaps women lean in a bit more into that fear. But you don’t have to.

 

Fear is a choice, and so is courage.

Whenever you do thing for the first time it is normal that you are not feeling super competent just yet. Remember the first time you held chopsticks? Yes, sushi lover - the first time might have felt uncomfortable but you didn’t give up and now you’re a master…

Like a muscle that needs building, confidence is the willingness to try new things.

Even if you know you’ll not be great at it the first time around.

If you had a magic wand and you could

be as confident as you want to be,

What would this allow you to do?

What would you do as a result?

So, then - what's stopping you?

Competence, Confidence Loop

Have you ever thought why some people step into the world with a ton of self-confidence? There are two types of people in the world. Those who have competencies to back up their confidence, and those that don't.

 

So don't feel about about lacking confidence in parts where you don't have the competence just yet. Work hard, learn, grow...embrace learning by failing forward at times. This is how you build competence and the by product of competence is confidence. 

 

Here is the hard truth: Do not hide behind 'Imposter Syndrome'  - it does not serve you.

The more you get comfortable doing new things, difficult things, you fail, you get up, you dust yourself off…you fail forward. The willingness to try new things, knowing that it’s probably not going to look super pretty the first time around. Be curious, be courageous, build your confidence muscle.

 

Here is how: Raise your hand for new project, learn random things you don’t understand yet, speak up, ask questions, try new things - push your own boundaries. 

Yes, even if it feels uncomfortable…this is where the magic happens - and personal and professional growth for that matter.

And remember, always encourage other people to lean in, to dare, to be curious and to follow their curiosity with courage. Encouraging words are: "I believe in you.". "What's the worst thing that can happen?", "What's the babiest of bay steps you could do today?", "What's just a tiny bit outside of your comfort zone..- do it!"

Five tips of how to tackle Imposter Syndrome:

  • Embrace Your Achievements: Keep a record of your successes and revisit them when self-doubt creeps in. Remind yourself of your capabilities and the value you bring to your work.

  • Challenge Negative Thoughts: When feelings of inadequacy arise, question their validity. Are they based on evidence or fear? Replace negative thoughts with affirmations of your skills and accomplishments.

  • Seek Support: Share your feelings with trusted colleagues, friends, or mentors. Talking openly about imposter syndrome can help you realise you're not alone and receive valuable perspective and encouragement.

  • Set Realistic Goals: Break down large tasks into smaller, manageable steps. Celebrate progress along the way, acknowledging that perfection is unrealistic and growth comes from effort, not flawlessness.

  • Practice Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Acknowledge that everyone experiences doubt at times, and give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from them. Remember, you're deserving of success just as you are.

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