How To Beat Imposter Syndrome: Fake it till you make it?

Quit Blocking Yourself From Growth

Not valuing your own capabilities can be detrimental to your growth. Your contributions are so important even if you don’t think so – no matter how small you think they might be as long as you’re showing up and giving your best effort – you’re making a difference. Don’t devalue your contribution to the project at hand.

70 percent of the U.S. population has experienced what’s known as impostor syndrome.”

Double-Edged Sword

Having feelings of imposter syndrome can either be a good motivator or set you back in your career…

Positive Outcomes:

  • Make you work harder
  • Make you work smarter
  • More creative ideas

Negative Outcomes:

  • Drains you
  • You might become a perfectionist
  • Lack of communication

Stay grounded

Develop your friendships, find a mentor, go, and have a fact vs fiction conversation with them. Do a reality check when you start to have those feelings of not being talented, qualified, or experienced enough to be working in the role that you’re in or on the project, talk to some people around you to bring you out of being in your own head. Having people to turn to is so important to get through negative thoughts. Developing relationships in and out of work will help you build a reliable support system to turn to during tough times.

Learn to channel your feelings so that you can tell yourself things like:

believing in yourself

  • “I want to earn this every day.”
  • “I want to go out and overachieve on this project so I can really show what I’m capable of.”
  • “I know I have the ability to get over this temporary feeling.”
  • “I’m more than capable of putting my mind to it and I know I can do this.”


But above all, be good to yourself. Take the appropriate step back so you don’t drive yourself to the point of exhaustion.

Good luck Imposter Irene!


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