Most of us have at some point experienced feelings of doubt and unworthiness in our lives. But the reality is when your accomplishments are a result of your own knowledge, hard work, and preparation and you still feel inadequate … you’re probably suffering from impostor syndrome.

Imposter syndrome affects everyone. 

I want to repeat that. 

Imposter syndrome affects everyone.

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • You often experience moments of self-doubt about your achievements
  • You believe that everyone else knows more than you do
  • You worry that you won’t meet others or your own expectations
  • You think your success is all down to luck
  • You don’t acknowledge praise when you receive it

Imposter syndrome is that little voice in your head (that grows louder, if unchecked) that casts doubt and makes you feel like you are not good enough or that what you have achieved so far is not deserved.

Your customers aren’t in the know when it comes to your expertise so they don’t have as discerning an eye as you do. They’re more interested in the experience you are selling. 

Stop selling yourself purely on what you have already done and how good you think you are; not everyone knows good from bad as well as you do!

4 ways to overcome imposter syndrome

1. Recognise and take record

The first step is to realize and recognize what is happening when that inner voice starts showing its ugly ways. Be aware of how you’re feeling in that moment and acknowledge what’s going on. Once you are able to identify it then ask yourself, What is the reason that I am feeling like this?
What happened to trigger this?

And lastly, ask yourself, Am I even justified in feeling this way? 

2. Find your tribe

The best way to help break out of this cycle of doubt is to keep yourself surrounded with cheerleaders – those people who make you feel positive about all your skills and achievements.

3. Be realistic

It is not realistic to think that anybody knows everything, even if sometimes it appears that way. All of us are all learning and it’s ok to admit that you don’t know something. This is an opportunity to grow, to recognize where you have gaps.

4. Celebrate your success

This step might take a little bit more practice, but it is just as important to celebrate your success. Do this for yourself by writing down all your wins and telling your tribe. You can also do it by sharing your wins on social media or promoting them on your website or through newsletters.

Take note of your success and keep them somewhere. a bank of positive feedback for those future moments when imposter syndrome strikes.

If you can make it through the tougher times, you can step into your element and move onto great things!