How to Address Imposter Syndrome

How to Address Imposter Syndrome
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    Hey there! Welcome to Work in Progress,
    a how-to series that's meant to help you with everything from prepping for a
    job interview to boosting your confidence or negotiating a raise.
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    Let's start by first answering, "What is imposter syndrome?"
    Imposter syndrome is also known as
    imposter phenomenon, fraud syndrome, or other imposter experiences.
    And it's a concept describing
    individuals who are marked by the inability to internalize
    their accomplishments, and have a
    persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.
    So what does that mean in plain terms?
    Most of the time, what it means is that you feel like a phony,
    or you feel like you're underqualified to be where you're at, or even worse—
    that someone's going to find you out as being a fraud.
    We've all been there before, and really where these feelings stem from
    is a place of fear. We've developed a 4 step process
    on how you can address imposter syndrome.
    First acknowledge imposter syndrome.
    You want to catch yourself when you're having those feelings of self doubt,
    or questioning your own abilities.
    An example of this might be, "I was lucky to get hired as a director,
    but when they see my public speaking skills, they'll definitely
    question my leadership abilities.
    When that happens, the first thing you want to do is acknowledge that
    this is the imposter syndrome speaking.
    Second, you want to ask yourself, "What am I fearing?"
    You want to take this opportunity to figure out what it is that's really intimidating you.
    Maybe it's the people, the environment,
    maybe you're doing something brand new. That's a good place
    to start—with what is it that's actually making you fearful?
    So following along with the previous example, this person might
    identify their fear by saying, "I am fearful
    that I took a big leap into a leadership position, without
    a lot of prior experience, and I know public speaking has always
    been something that's made me nervous."
    And third, ask yourself, "What if the thing that I'm afraid of, actually happens?"
    Whats the worst case scenario of what you're fearful of?
    This person might say,
    "If the executive team finds out I'm not great at public speaking,
    they might ask me to get professional training."
    Another scenario that this person might say to themselves is,
    "If the executive team finds out I'm not great at public speaking,
    they might stop asking me to present
    at board meetings."
    And lastly, ask yourself,
    "What will happen if I don't take full advantage of this opportunity?"
    What will I regret from missing out on this, and how will my career not grow
    because I decided not to take this opportunity?
    Following up with the same example, this person might say,
    "If I didn't take the opportunity to take on
    a leadership position, and push myself out of my comfort zone
    with public speaking, my career would most likely plateau.
    Some level of public speaking skills will always be required
    for leadership positions, and I know I want to be a leader."
    If you've experienced any of these feelings of imposter syndrome,
    we have a really helpful webinar where you can learn
    how to overcome and manage these symptoms.
    To wrap it up, addressing imposter syndrome is
    the very first step that you need to take to overcome it.






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