Your path to greatness is to overcome your Impostor Syndrome. There are tools and strategies to overcome it, to achieve your goals and succeed in life. Three steps need to be followed:
Step 1. Understand Impostor Syndrome
Its symptoms, causes, and effects. There are different types of impostor syndrome, such as internal and external impostor syndrome.
Step 2. Overcome Impostor Syndrome
There is a variety of tools and strategies you can use to overcome impostor syndrome. Identify your impostor thoughts, challenge your negative self-talk, and build your self-confidence.
Step 3. Achieve Your Goals
Some tips on how to set and achieve your goals: create a vision board, break down your goals into smaller steps, and act.
Tools & Strategies
- Acknowledge your feelings. The first step to overcoming impostor syndrome is to acknowledge your feelings. It’s okay to feel like an impostor sometimes. Everyone feels that way at some point in their lives.
- Identify your triggers. What are the things that make you feel like an impostor? Once you know your triggers, you can start to develop strategies for coping with them.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s easy to compare yourself to others, especially when you’re feeling down about yourself. But comparing yourself to others will only make you feel worse. Instead, focus on your own strengths and accomplishments.
- Give yourself credit for your successes. When you achieve a goal, take the time to celebrate your success. This will help to boost your confidence and remind yourself of your abilities.
- Seek out positive role models. Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you. These people can offer support and encouragement when you’re feeling down.
- Talk to someone you trust. Having someone to talk to about your impostor feelings can be really helpful. This could be a friend, family member, therapist, or coach.
- Challenge your negative thoughts. When you have a negative thought about yourself, take a moment to challenge it. Ask yourself if there is any evidence to support your thought. If not, try to replace it with a more positive thought.
- Focus on your strengths. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. When you focus on your strengths, it can help to boost your confidence.
- Set realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting unrealistic goals. Start with small, achievable goals and gradually work your way up to bigger goals.
- Celebrate your successes. When you achieve a goal, take the time to celebrate your success. This will help to reinforce your positive self-image.
- Seek professional help. If you’re struggling to overcome impostor syndrome on your own, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. A coach can help you identify the root of your impostor feelings and develop strategies for coping with them.
Remember, you are not alone. Impostor syndrome is a common experience, and there are people who can help you overcome it. If you are struggling with impostor syndrome, please reach out for help.
Inspired by Dr. Lisa Orbe-Austin