Do you ever feel as though you’re not good enough? Do you constantly doubt whether you deserve something?
Be it a promotion at work or success with personal goals, you just don’t feel satisfied that you have done everything you can and in short, you feel like a fraud. Well, you might just be dealing with Imposter Syndrome.
Imposter Syndrome 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. Many frequently question whether they’re deserving of their accolades.
The condition is more common than you might think and affects as many as 82% of people, but there are ways to keep the dreaded self doubt at bay.
1. Do your research. This will help you figure out whether you’re experiencing what at least 82% of the population feel. You are not alone and in researching, you may find a whole community who you can share your experiences with. Tackling something as a team seems way less daunting than on your own.
2. Celebrate every success – We have said it before but we will say it again, every achievement is worth celebrating. Whether that be big goals like leveling up your business or for simply getting out of bed in the morning. Life is sometimes hard but it is also beautiful.
3. Progress over perfection – You’ve heard it many times but nobody is perfect. Nobody. Let go of the idea that you have to be the best of the best all of the time. As long as you are putting the work in and reaping the benefits you will be just fine! Key phrase here: reaping the benefits, you should be rewarded.
4. Self care is a blessing – Take care of yourself! A great way to work on self love is to practice mirror work. This is where you repeat self affirming phrases to yourself and boost your confidence. Tell yourself you deserve everything that you work hard for!
5. Share failures – When you share experiences with others, especially your failures you will learn to accept that failures come with life. They’re nothing to be ashamed of and should spur you onto the next goal.
The biggest take away from this should be that you learn to accept yourself. You are you and that is your power. You’re unique to this world and no one can take that away from you, not even Imposter Syndrome.
Authored by Abbie Holcroft – Community & Service Assistant – Manchester
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