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Feeling Like a Fraud: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

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  • Build Self-Confidence by Supporting Others

Sometimes it’s easier for us to come up with solutions for others rather than realize them for ourselves. But, the more you hear yourself guiding someone else in need, the more likely you are to listen to some of your own advice. So, the more you help others, the better you feel about yourself.

Consequently, the more you hear from others about their own imposter-like feelings, the more you will see how those same feelings may manifest in yourself. This awareness can help uncover what you can do to overcome them. Try becoming a mentor for someone else in need!

5) Hire a Coach

An executive coach is a qualified professional who helps support leaders to unlock their potential, create more self-awareness, increase emotional intelligence, and be a sounding board. They also act as a thought partner that, through a process of self-exploration, can help you identify your triggers of Imposter Syndrome and how to minimize the negative thoughts. An executive coach is also an accountability partner and can work with you on setting goals and working towards them in order to strengthen self-confidence.

While you may have doubts of contracting with a coach, remember that it’s an investment in yourself, your career, and your professional development. Hiring a coach helps to streamline the process of overcoming the Imposter Syndrome and helps you obtain what you want sooner through an individualized approach. Once you establish an effective relationship with a coach, rising above the negativity and imposter-like feelings becomes commonplace and easier.

In summary, I have had moments throughout my career where I felt like an imposter, a fake and a phony, and feared that all I had built and worked hard for was not a result of my hard work and skills. I utilized all the strategies listed above to reaffirm my own value and remind myself that I truly earned every promotion, award, and accolade.

Try some, or all of the strategies above to help lead you to your goals of improving self-confidence and shaking away feelings of being an imposter.

Manage your self-talk to be positive, inspirational, and motivational, and quiet the negative voice in your head. You are the real deal – believe it!

 

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