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Dealing with Imposter Syndrome at work?

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 month ago
  • Author:by Katie Ashenhurst

​If you've experienced Imposter Syndrome at work, you're not alone.

93% of our network have experienced Imposter Syndrome during their career - 59% experience it frequently, 34% occasionally, and 7% have never experienced it. It would be nice to be part of that 7% who have never experienced it, but it’s almost part of human nature to doubt ourselves and our abilities.

Imposter syndrome can feel daunting, but with the right strategies, you can navigate through it successfully.

We have put together 5 tips to help you overcome it so that you can thrive in your career.

1: Acknowledge Your Achievements

Take a moment to recognise and celebrate your wins, big or small. Too often, we brush off our successes as luck or flukes. But guess what? You worked hard for those wins, so own them!

2: Keep a Brag File

Start a 'Brag File' or a 'Victory Log' where you jot down your accomplishments. When Imposter Syndrome strikes, flip through it to remind yourself of all the amazing things you've achieved. It's like a personal cheerleader in document form!

3: Seek Feedback

Don't be afraid to ask for feedback from colleagues or mentors you trust. Sometimes, an outsider's perspective can help you see your strengths more clearly and quieten that pesky imposter voice.

4: Practice Self-Compassion

You’ve heard of self-care, now get ready for self-compassion... Be kind to yourself. It's okay to make mistakes; nobody's perfect. Treat yourself with the same compassion you'd show a friend facing similar doubts. Remember, you're doing great, even on your off days.

5: Embrace Growth

Instead of fearing failure, see it as a chance to learn and grow. Nobody starts out as an expert, so give yourself permission to be a work in progress. Embracing the journey can help ease the pressure to be flawless.

By following these steps, you can kick Imposter Syndrome to the curb and step confidently into your career.