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Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon where an individual doubts their accomplishments and feels like a fraud despite evidence of their success. It is common among high-achieving individuals, particularly in competitive fields.

People with imposter syndrome often attribute their success to external factors, such as luck or help from others, rather than their own abilities. They also tend to downplay their achievements and fear being exposed as a fraud.

Imposter syndrome can have negative effects on an individual’s mental health and career advancement. However, there are ways to overcome it, including acknowledging and owning one’s accomplishments, reframing negative thoughts, seeking support from others, and embracing the learning process.

If you struggle with imposter syndrome, know that you are not alone and that it is possible to overcome it. With self-awareness and support, you can learn to recognise and celebrate your achievements, and ultimately reach your full potential.

A recent video online looks at imposter syndrome in a different way, if you look at it as your life is meant to be full of those moments where you are out of your comfort zone and you are experiencing tremendous growth by being in that situation/role/career. It is then just a matter of changing the term to ‘Growth Moment’.

If you intuitively know that you are meant to be where you are and deserve to be there, this will automatically raise your self-esteem, self-worth and self-belief, so whether you expect imposter syndrome or get caught by surprise in the feelings, try to look at it in a new way!

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