Good day to everyone! Have you ever felt like you are a fake or a fraud? For some reason you feel that you are not qualified or able to be in the job or role that you are in? That you do not deserve to have success or you do not feel like you know what you are doing all in fear that you will be found out as a fraud?
There is an actual explanation for this feeling and perception and you are not alone if you feel this way.
This is known as the imposter syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the imposter experience) and it is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. This topic has come up numerous times during conversations in the past two weeks with clients, friends, and loved ones. It seems a systemic issues when it comes to people believing in their own abilities, experience and education.
I am here today to tell you that yes (!) you are qualified and fully capable of doing what you do and no (!) you are not a fraud! When feeling this way, you are giving into false reality and perceptions of your abilities and experience. Your customers and clients are seeking you out because you are the expert in your field and in your profession. Your confidence will come when you believe in your abilities, the years of school, training, experience, every time that you have put effort and energy into your trade is what makes you able to do what you do!
Believe in yourself and celebrate your successes do not just quantify your defeats but use those defeats and their energy to propel yourself forward and refine your skill and talent. Just as we seek and strive to become better versions of ourselves in our personal lives we should do the exact same in our professional lives as one is connected to the other. You are not an imposter, you are not a fraud, YOU CAN DO THIS!
The Takeaway: Write down five skills or talents that counteract your feelings of imposter syndrome. When you’re feeling low, take a minute to think on this list.