Do You Feel Like Your Accomplishments Are Sus?
Imposter Syndrome: The persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills.
Do you ever feel like the Impostor in Among Us? Running around, frantically completing tasks, trying to make sure nobody figures out you’re a fake? Well, you’re not alone. It’s extremely common for most people, especially new leaders, to have imposter syndrome. (According to The Journal of Behavioral Science, an estimated 70% of the overall population experiences it.) When you take on something new, or even when you’re doing something you’ve been doing for a while, it’s easy to have moments of doubt. You don’t have to let that doubt take over, though.
If you’re feeling like an imposter, here are 4 ways to feel less sus:
- Have a Support System. Surround yourself with people that can see you from the outside and remind you you’re not an imposter. Find a mentor, connect with a group of peers, or join a community.
- Build Skills. The more competent you feel, the less you’re going to feel like an imposter. Read books on leadership, take classes, and try these quick level-ups.
- Focus on Your Strengths. Focusing on the things you aren’t great at yet is only going to increase your feelings of inadequacy. Remind yourself daily of what your strengths are and play to them. Make a long-term plan for strengthening your lesser skills as well.
- Morning Affirmations. Working on your mindset can do wonders. The power of positivity is transformative if you let it be. Try starting with some morning affirmations or a deeper dive with one of my mentors, Wayne Dyer.
At the end of the day, remember: someone put you in the position you’re in for a reason. They believed in you, so believe in yourself. If you’re not there yet, that’s okay. Sometimes you just need to do the work. You might make mistakes, but that’s how you learn – everyone starts somewhere.