April 12, 2021

4 ways to deal with imposter syndrome

Entrepreneurs around the world achieve success most could never dream of, yet still, some of them struggle with feeling like they don’t deserve their success, that is called Imposter Syndrome.

So first, let’s try to fully understand what is it?

Imposter Syndrome is a feeling of not being good enough or not being worthy of the successes you have achieved, despite the fact that you have a proven track record of earned success.

Some other symptoms of having imposter syndrome are:

- Doubting your skills and talents

- Lacking confidence

- Constantly telling yourself that you could have done better

- Always comparing your successes to others

The fact is that Imposter Syndrome affects even some of the world's most successful people, resulting in self-doubt and depression.

Thus, here are some strategies that you can implement if you're suffering from those false beliefs as well.

1. Celebrate your successes, even the small ones

Start with writing down all of your past achievements, big or small, to remind yourself how hard you worked to win each one of them.

Most of the successful entrepreneurs celebrate their successes often. So keep track of the milestones you’ve reached and reward yourself for all that hard work.

2. Positive self-talk

Most of the time we subconsciously send our mind signals of not being good enough. Hence, one of the most important steps in overcoming self-limiting thoughts is to examine the thoughts throughout the day and try to reframe negative talks into positive ones. The key isn’t telling lies to yourself but changing how you frame things and looking for positives even in negative situations.

Let's take an example, if you often think “I can never be good at this”, start telling yourself “I can get good at it by learning and practicing thoroughly.”

3. Stop comparing yourself to others

Do you often look at your colleague’s progress or a random person on social media who are far ahead in life than you are? Wishing you were in their place?

Well, the truth is, we never know the whole journey and struggles of one person or another. We all have different battles in life to fight. Also, there are big chances that the person you admire has experienced imposter syndrome themselves a million times, but he never let that come into his way.

Nobody shares their struggles as much as their successes. So you do you, in your own unique way.

4. Establish a network of supportive people

Surround yourself with like-minded people who want to keep growing. Once you are in a community that strives to do better each day, you’ll want to do the same.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help when you need it, find a mentor or a coach who will help you on your journey.

Realize that imposter syndrome is common and there is nothing to worry about. Be kind to yourself and embrace your successes fully. Let go of perfectionism. You're doing great!

Maryam Z.

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