Impostor syndrome strikes at the heart, releasing feelings of inadequacy and falsehood. Someone with impostor syndrome feels as though they are an impostor in some shape or form. They feel as though they do not deserve to do whatever they are doing. They feel like they do not deserve to be whoever they are. Impostor syndrome can happen when someone gets hired for a job that they may not feel qualified for. Or it can happen after a brand new life change.
Everyone deals with impostor syndrome at some point in their lives or another, including me. Though impostor syndrome is very real and causes people to have mental breakdowns and stress and fear, these things are NOT grounded in reality. Just because I may experience feelings of inadequacy or just because I feel as though I’m “faking it,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m an impostor.
My solution to this problem is to focus on a phrase that I’ve come to love. It comes from the world of theatre stage acting:
Fake it till you make it
The key to “fake it till you make it” is focus on the “make it.” After all if you just stay in “fake it” land and never move into a long term vision of “make it” then you are indeed an impostor. It’s the “make it” that redeems the feelings of falsehood.
- How to defeat impostor syndrome and related fears
- Fake it till you make it concept
- Gaining consistency in archiving your dreams and goals
- Power of choice within your life
A virtual mentor of mine, who has inspired this podcast episode.
“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
There is something that is extremely freeing about claiming who you are and why you do what you do if you are feeling inadequate in any way. Remember that even just taking action toward owning something (new job, new role, new goals, etc.) is extremely powerful for combating impostor syndrome. This is essentially faking it till you make it. It’s claiming your stake in everything you are and everything you do.
Are you facing impostor syndrome?
If you are facing impostor syndrome in any way, I’d love to hear about it. Share about WHY you are completely qualified in who you are or what you are doing.
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