We live in a big world, so it’s easy for us to assume our voice or impact would be small in comparison to everyone else’s. It’s very easy to feel inspired and then uninspired. It’s very easy to start something, then stop because of doubt. This feeling that many of us have is better known as imposter syndrome. It’s a feeling that convinces us that we aren’t good enough at something to try or continue doing that thing.
It can be very crippling and discouraging. We usually create it in our minds to stop ourselves from doing something. Whether it’s fear, doubt, or feelings of incapability. It likely feels like something that you can’t get past, or is just sitting like a heavy weight in front of your plans or goals. What are some things that can make imposter syndrome feel even stronger?
Doubt from family and friends is one way imposter syndrome can weigh on us even more.
If your close associates don’t support you in what you do, it can make you feel like the goals you set aren’t possible. They might tell you the idea isn’t good enough, you don’t have the resources, or you don’t have the ability or the time to accomplish them. These types of comments are best to ignore when you have a set goal in mind! When you power through these negative opinions, you gather strength in yourself and your choices, thus disabling imposter syndrome.
If you are dealing with imposter syndrome, do not worry. The feeling is normal, especially when setting goals or taking on anything new.
The best way to beat imposter syndrome is to work through the feeling. What does this mean exactly? It means to work on your aspirations despite any negative feelings that might arise. Once you start making progress toward your goals, you will build the confidence necessary to beat imposter syndrome.
Here are some additional ways to minimize the feeling of imposter syndrome:
- Write down your goals.
- Give yourself small weekly milestones to reach toward your goals so you don’t feel overwhelmed with bigger ideas at once.
- Feed yourself positive affirmations so you feel confident and comfortable in your plans.
- Keep people around you who breathe life into your hopes and dreams, not people who diminish your confidence or aspirations.
Once you set goals and accomplish them, sometimes imposter syndrome can creep back up, convincing you that the things you achieved happened by chance or good luck. The things you accomplish will only happen by hard work and diligence! Remind yourself that you deserve every bit of success that comes your way now and in the future.
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