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3 tips to help break Imposter Syndrome

Posted on 22 September 2021

3 tips to help break Imposter Syndrome

5-minute read

 

Imposter syndrome in short and thanks to Google is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. 

 

There is a ton of material about imposter syndrome from articles like this one through to videos (we recommend watching this one - https://www.ted.com/talks/mike_cannon_brookes_how_you_can_use_impostor_syndrome_to_your_benefit?language=en) and support groups to help you if you are struggling with the syndrome.

 

What we want to do with this article is a step away from simply explaining what it is, the video linked should cover this and then some, but instead focus on ways you can actually break this cycle that has worked for us and many people we know.

 

Tip 1 – Keep a success log

Looking back at the Google definition first, it is ‘loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud’, one of the best pieces of advice we received early on in our careers which we have then passed onto countless others is around keeping a success log.

A success log can be a notepad or a digital document, but it is simply a track record of your successes throughout your career, no matter how big or small.

When you start to doubt yourself, having a well-documented success log can easily help re-frame your mindset to that of success, giving you the encouragement to keep moving forward.

Success to you is different to the next person, so don’t worry about what they are writing compared to what you do, this is a very personal and individual document, for your eyes only.

 

Tip 2 – Compare yourself to yourself

This leads us nicely into the second tip and more specifically, compare yourself only to yourself.

Self-doubt often creeps in when we compare ourselves to others, social media compiles our anxiety and before you know it, your mindset is that of worry and anxiety.

Everyone is on an individual journey, the sooner you realise this, accept this and respect this, the easier it will be to overcome doubt in the future when someone appears (or even is) more successful than you.

Their idea of success is different to you, therefore the best indicator of where you are today is to look back as to where you have come from, not where someone else has.

 

Tip 3 – Seek guidance

Our last tip is widely recommended but still worth mentioning and that is for you to seek guidance and specifically ask for help when required.

Imposter syndrome impacts many more peoples lives than you might first think, sharing your experiences openly with others and being receptive to feedback and discussions will help you overcome this syndrome easier than if you tackled it alone.

You don’t need to know everything, but you absolutely need to be brave enough to know when you need support and when the time is right to seek guidance from a family member, a friend or a colleague.

There are lots of people around you both physically and digitally who are happy to listen, offer support and watch you grow, don’t ever forget that.

 

We hope that this article has provided you with a few simple tips that you can take away and start implementing immediately. The idea around these tips is to simply help shift your mindset away from self-doubt and towards that of accomplishment, giving you encouragement and energy to keep moving forward. As always, we appreciate your support and if you feel someone could benefit from this article, please feel free to share it with them and your networks.

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