Top Tips for Beating Imposter Syndrome

02 May 2016

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you didn’t belong? Have you questioned your capability and turned down an opportunity believing you were not fit for it? Have you felt like you have had to “fake” that you should be in your position?

You may have a case of Imposter Syndrome, but before you stress, you should know that it is completely normal and manageable.

To begin, lets look at what the term “Imposter Syndrome” means. The most commonly used definition of Imposter Syndrome comes from the Caltech Counselling Centre in California. They define Imposter Syndrome as a “collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence”.

Although both men and women can experience this fraudulent feeling, men tend to be more able to hide it and can fake confidence, compared to women, who are more likely to take a step back and hang in their comfort zones until they feel comfortable to take smaller, “safer” steps to get to that goal. When they get there, they feel as though they have to work twice as hard to prove they actually do belong there. It is a paralysing feeling and can be extremely detrimental to progression.

Drawing on the work of Performance Catalyst, Suzanne Mercier, I have highlighted three ways for beating Imposter Syndrome.

Remember, Imposter Syndrome is a completely normal and common feeling that doesn’t need to stop you from fulfilling your aspirations. If you feel as though you really do not belong where you are, remind yourself of the above three steps. You have been put in your position for a reason so work through and embrace the challenges that come with it.

Share your top tips for addressing Imposter Syndrome, I’d love to hear from you!

Author Bio
Gabrielle O’Brien is a 23 year old Kiwi now living in Sydney, finding her feet as she starts paving the path to a stellar career! Follow her on Instagram @gabbyob