We've all been there. It's the first day of a new job or new project or just another day at work and you're terrified. You have no idea what you're doing and just know that someday someone is going to find out and expose you eventually. Well, guess what? You're not alone. As I've grown in my career, the one thing I've learned is that everyone feels this way, most of us have no idea what we're doing half the time, and that when you overcome this mindset, you'll feel like a weight was lifted off your shoulders.
According to the International Journal of Behavioral Science, 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at some point during their life. It's not just women or young people either- imposter syndrome affects every gender, age, and stage of your career. However, there are some key tools you can use to overcome it.
The best way? Talk it out! Find a mentor, trusted coworker, or counselor and tell them how you're feeling. Chances are they feel the same way some days. Even just getting it off your chest can be an instant relief (hence how talk therapy can be so effective!). It also helps to know that you're not alone and everyone feels this way sometimes.
Can't find someone to chat with? Remind yourself of how capable you are! Get out a journal and write out everything that you;re good at and that you've accomplished. Really think about it. If you can, keep a list of your professional accomplishments to review when you feel insecure. Reminding yourself of how amazing and capable you are is a great way to re-gain your confidence!
Finally, try and be objective. Write down what you're feeling, then write down what's actually true. Just because you feel lost or like a failure does not mean you are. Then, write down what success will look like, then write down what steps you need to take to achieve it. Breaking this down can be a great way to cut through the overwhelm and make you feel more capable! By following this and the other techniques mentioned above, you'll be able to overcome imposter syndrome and get back to feeling like the bad ass boss that you are.
join the book club