Beating Imposter Syndrome [5 Steps]
Beating Imposter Syndrome
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Have you ever felt like a fraud?
Like you haven't earned your accomplishments?
You're not alone.
Up to 82% of people suffer from Imposter Syndrome.
It's the single greatest threat to your career (and reaching your potential).
Today I'll share WHY Imposter Syndrome happens and a proven plan to overcome it.
Let's get started.
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So, why does Imposter Syndrome happen?
Credit goes to a quirky cognitive bias, Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Novices experience overconfidence due to quick progression on the learning curve.
While experts' confidence drops because they realize what they don't yet know.
Paradoxically, the more you become an expert, the more you may feel like an imposter.
Understanding Dunning-Kruger Effect is step #1 to beat Imposter Syndrome.
You'll see these negative feelings simply for what they are:
Feeling like an imposter may actually be a signal that you're READY.
O.K., we've discussed the underlying bias.
Now you're ready for a plan to overcome it.
Here are 5 tips to beat Imposter Syndrome:
1. Learn the facts
Remember that stat? Up to 82% of people are afflicted with Imposter Syndrome.
It's not a personal shortcoming. It's a societal norm.
“Many psychologists believe that Impostor Syndrome is most common in high-achieving women and those who feel underrepresented or different from their colleagues such as people of color, the LGBTQ community, etc.” —Robert Glazer, Forbes
2. Discuss it with others
Studies consistently find that people who experience Imposter Syndrome feel alone.
But after learning the facts (tip #1),
You know 8/10 people in a room feel (or have felt) similarly.
Many high-achievers *still* experience it.
Serena Williams, Howard Schultz, Lady Gaga. The list goes on…
Their courage inspired me to spread this message today (more on my story later).
3. Write down your wins
Our evolutionary wiring makes us focus more on negative stimuli than positive ones (for survival).
Seeing threats in a jungle is more useful than seeing the beauty. As a result, we tend to overlook our progress.
So write down your wins—strong performance reviews, high grades, compliments, etc. Then regularly review your wins.
See how far you've come and how seriously capable you are.
4. Let go of perfectionism
The #1 factor that influences success in creative fields?
The volume of work produced.
70-20-10 rule teaches:
- 70% of your work will be mediocre
- 20% will be suck
- 10% will be awesome
If you're avoiding failure, you're avoiding success.
5. Adopt a growth mindset
Growth mindset is the belief that you can improve your abilities through dedication + hard work.
You might be sick of hearing about growth mindset, but I must mention it here (because it's critical to beating Imposter Syndrome).
I thought I’d beaten Imposter Syndrome (for good!) when I started writing online a year ago.
But then, last month, I began creating a course for how I grew 1 million followers in a year. And there was our friend, Imposter Syndrome!
What helped me the most? Reflecting on my wins (tip #3) and speaking with friends (tip #2) who had launched a course before.
I'm not convinced Imposter Syndrome ever permanently goes away! Just be ready to greet it at each new level you unlock in the game of life.
Again, this is not a personal shortcoming but a societal norm.
BRINGING IT HOME
Know this: Everything surrounding you right now was built by people no smarter than you.
The creators went from idea to execution—and continued to learn along the way.
And so can you.
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