Imposter syndrome is a feeling that many of us face at some point in our lives, especially when we embark on new projects or take on new challenges. Despite knowing you’re capable, the fear of not being good enough can creep in and makes you question your worthiness. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tips for how to deal with imposter syndrome, so you can overcome these feelings and achieve your goals with confidence.
Tips for How to Deal With Imposter Syndrome
Normalize Doubts & Reframe Them
One of the first things to understand about imposter syndrome is that it’s a normal human emotion. As you grow in your career or pursue your passions, you’ll be faced with new challenges and unfamiliar territory, which can lead to doubts and fears. Rather than making yourself wrong for having these feelings, it’s important to remember that they’re a sign that you’re doing something right. You’re being brave and taking a chance with your life, and that’s worth congratulating yourself for.
To deal with these doubts and fears, one of the most powerful mindset practices is to spend some time every day journaling. Spend 10 to 15 minutes writing down your fears and then reframing them in a positive light. For example, if you have a fear that people will think your YouTube video is silly, you can reframe this thought by reminding yourself that some people will be inspired by your video. The idea is to look at the fears and give them a new perspective, which can change the thoughts that hold you back and help you take bolder actions.
Change Your Thoughts & Beliefs
Once you’ve reframed your fears and doubts, it’s time to focus on changing your thoughts and beliefs. The power of changing your thoughts lies in the fact that it changes your actions and the results you achieve.
When you change a limiting belief, such as “I can’t write a book,” to a more empowering belief like “I have written many things before and am therefore certainly capable of writing a book, one page at a time,” you’ll be more likely to take action and actually start writing. The more you believe in your abilities, the more you’ll be willing to put yourself out there and take risks, and the more you’ll achieve.
Focus on Your Skills & Accomplishments
Another way to deal with imposter syndrome is to focus on your skills and accomplishments. This can help you build confidence and remind yourself of the reasons why you’re pursuing your goals in the first place.
Make a list of your skills and accomplishments, and refer to it when you’re feeling unsure of yourself. I personally like to keep a folder on my computer of kind words people have sent me. It reminds me of the ways I’m making a difference when I’m unsure of it. And it can help you see how far you’ve come and how capable you are, which can boost your confidence and help you overcome imposter syndrome.
Surround Yourself with a Community Who Gets It
Finally, it’s important to surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you and your abilities. Surrounding yourself with people who encourage you, cheer you on, and offer constructive feedback can help you feel more confident and less like an imposter.
That’s why I can’t emphasize enough finding a community of other women who genuinely cheer for you and have your back. Sometimes, the people closest to you won’t understand your ambitions. It’s just human nature to want to keep the people we love close, and to try to protect them if we fear they could hurt themselves from rejection or failure. But if that’s the case for the people close to you, it’s important that you do find a circle who understands your dreams and cheers you on. (Find one in Content Business Blueprint if you need a new circle!)
When you’re feeling down or uncertain, reach out to these people and ask for their support. Their encouragement and belief in you can make all the difference.
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome is a common feeling, but it doesn’t have to hold you back. By normalizing doubts, reframing your fears, changing your thoughts and beliefs, focusing on your skills and accomplishments, and surrounding yourself with supportive people, you can overcome imposter syndrome and achieve your goals with confidence. Remember, you are capable, you are worthy, and you are amazing, so go out there and show the world what you can do!
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