Imposter syndrome, a persistent self-doubt despite proven success, has been our focus this month. But fear not! We’ve gathered invaluable tips for you. Emma Simpson, a seasoned HNS coach, offers 5 powerful steps to conquer it, with #5 being our top pick!
While imposter syndrome may not vanish entirely, confronting it head-on can turn it into an ally fueling your growth and success. Moreover, organizations can play a vital role by fostering environments that encourage self-advocacy and celebrate accomplishments.
Check out Emma’s 5 tips, and let us know what you’d add to the list!
Imposter syndrome is a common experience that can hinder us from playing to our full potential. It is characterized by feelings of self-doubt, even when there is evidence to the contrary.
Here are 5 steps to overcome it and empower self-advocacy:
Challenge your negative thoughts:
When you have an imposter thought, ask yourself if it is true and what evidence you have to support it. Then, try to reframe the thought in a more positive way.
Channel self-doubt into motivation for success:
When imposter feelings arise, recognize them as an opportunity to learn and grow. Acknowledge that you don’t know everything, and that by stepping outside of your comfort zone, you’re opening yourself up to new learning and growth.
Celebrate wins and achievements:
Many of us rarely stop to acknowledge our achievements. Take an opportunity to look back over the last 3-5 years and see how far you’ve come.
Talk about imposter phenomenon with others:
It’s helpful to normalize the challenges of imposter syndrome. Knowing that you’re not the only one experiencing it can help to reduce its grip.
Build a board of advisors:
Surround yourself with allies and mentors who can help acknowledge your right to be where you are and who can support and advocate for you.
Imposter syndrome may not go away entirely, but by confronting and challenging its tendencies, you can turn it into an ally that fuels your growth and success.