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Have you ever wondered- what is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
I remember a time when I prided myself on working super hard in my corporate career and volunteer organizations. I would be willing to stay up all night, work after hours and work on the weekends to help others.
People would always tell me what a powerhouse I was, and how focused I was, and how they loved working with me because they knew I would get the work done. It was nice to be recognized for how hard I was working and trust me when I say, I was working hard!
However, when it came to me getting up early or staying late to work on my own business or personal goals, I’d find every excuse as to why I could not start. I would procrastinate or tell myself I wasn’t ready, or I didn’t know enough, or I wasn’t as good a people said I was, and so on, and so on.
When it came to going after my dreams and standing firm in my expertise and knowledge, I felt like an imposter and a fraud. I felt like I wasn’t as smart as everyone said I was- it was as if the person people were describing wasn’t me. The thought of stepping out as an expert in my field was frightening.
So, with these limiting beliefs, I held back from going strong toward my dreams for a long time. I didn’t know it then, but I was suffering from imposter syndrome.
Imposter syndrome is a concept that describes how you can doubt your abilities, talents, and gifts- even when you are given praise and accolades for your accomplishments.
It affects many high achieving women and is usually associated with some level of low self-esteem or confidence. It can paralyze your efforts toward achieving your goals.
Many women go through the same scenario and don’t even realize how much they are shortchanging themselves when it comes to their value.
Thankfully, imposter syndrome can be defeated.
Being able to combat imposter syndrome is important if you wish to accomplish more in your life. Failing to combat the issue will cause you to stumble and fail whenever you attempt to take a leap and improve your life.
Here’s how to combat imposter syndrome:
Let’s discuss things in more detail.
It’s important to write down all of your accomplishments over the years. Take note of the things you did that you are proud of and the experiences you had that made you a stronger person.
Take note of all your knowledge, skills, talents, and abilities that you acquired through education and hands-on experience.
Get a coach or mentor to keep you accountable and create an action plan to move forward faster.
It takes time, but it is well worth it to stop feeling like an imposter in your own life. When you can overcome imposter syndrome and start using your energy to be a powerhouse in your own life, you will reap rewards that you never expected.
Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love