Do you ever get the feeling you’ve gotten where you are by chance rather than skill? Do you wonder whether you’re really capable of doing all the awesome things you do or whether you’ve just stumbled into some exceptional luck and people haven’t found you out yet?
Well if you do then I want you to know you aren’t alone. It’s a recognised issue that is at the heart of some of the most successful people.
If you do a quick google search of it you’ll find that Wikipedia describes it as follows:
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
Do you recall ever speaking to someone you think of as capable and accomplished only to hear them say they don’t consider themselves as such and do you ever wonder what the hell they’re talking about, that they must be nuts not to see how brilliantly they’re doing.
In fact truth be told, one of the limiting beliefs of this phenomenon is that the greater the success the greater the the sense of being a fraud. Add to that being a minority or being for example, British, and this sense of not being able to own your own accomplishments is even more heightened.
It’s not easy in this world of perfectionism on social media, in this world of ‘keeping up with the Jones’ and it’s certainly not easy in this world of regular change to identify it.
Mostly this relates to your self talk and how you manage it. Figuring out what your personal code is, what your values are and what you are working towards helps. Self talk can be toxic or empowering. Figure out who you are and what kind of person you are and stay within that alignment and you will find it much easier to create a more positive self talk narrative.
Do you suffer from imposter syndrome? Let me know in the comments below what your take on it is and how you manage those feelings of fear.
In the meantime, thanks for reading.