Have you ever heard of impostor syndrome? I’ve heard it referred to many times listening to various personal development. Enough that I wanted to research and understand impostor syndrome. First of all, I thought it was a joke…kind of like saying network marketing and direct sales is a pyramid scheme.
Individuals that remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. – Wikipedia
Do you need to read that again? Yes. There are successful people who feel like they do not belong and are frauds.
Of course, I want to relate this to business, but this could be anyone from college students to famous people. A fear of inadequacy like they do not belong and will be found to be fraud.
So, what does this have to do with me? Why are we discussing this? I’m not even successful yet.
Impostor Syndrome can exist in all of us a bit. I know it exists in me.
- Maybe I just got lucky, I don’t know what I’m doing
- Why would someone listen to me
- I’m not really that successful
- No one is watching, reading, or even cares what I’m doing
5 Ways to Fight Impostor Syndrome
- Stop comparing yourself to others.
- Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. Most of the time we only hear about the good or see the success, but do not know what it took to get there or the story behind it. AKA: The glory without the story.
- Know that you are the only one that will reach some.
- Yes, your story is different. Because you are YOU and someone will relate perfectly to you, your story, your journey…and by not sharing that you are robbing others of their opportunity.
- No regrets.
- Life is short. Do you want to feel like you didn’t go for the opportunities presented to you or do you want to live with regret that you didn’t because you doubted yourself and had a fear of success? Sounds almost silly.
- Be honest
- No one says you have to position yourself as an expert. Just be you, be honest, and be real and relatable. This doesn’t make you a fraud. There is nothing wrong with admitting when you do not know something, but will find out.
Have you ever suffered from impostor syndrome? I’d love for you to comment below with your thoughts or feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.