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Imposter Syndrome: It’s Not Your Enemy

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Imposter syndrome is when we doubt our skills, talents, or accomplishments and have a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud. Imposter syndrome is usually experienced when we are taking on a new endeavor and getting out of our comfort zones. It is the resistance which crushes dreams and aspirations. It is perceived as the enemy within. But what if we shift our mindset in acknowledging imposter syndrome not as our enemy but as an ally.

“Resistance is the response of the frightened, petty, small-time ego to the brave, generous, magnificent impulse of the creative self.” — Steven Pressfield

As you evolve into the best version of yourself, you will have to push your boundaries and try new things, fail, try again, fail and eventually make some headway. You may think that you are competing against people and events outside of you but on this journey there is only one person who is really in your way, YOU. No one criticize you more, and doubts you more than yourself at times. There are many ways to "cope" with this imposter feeling but studies are showing that high achieving people do not cope with imposter syndrome but rather view this feeling as a sign that they are on the right track. Since imposter syndrome usually shows up when we are growing, then we can start changing our mindset to viewing it as us being on the right track. The fact is that when we are growing, at first, we are imposters. For example if we get a promotion at work we may not yet have all the skills and knowledge to be in that particular role, and that is scary. But once we start to believe in our ability to trust ourselves and grow into that position, we slay that resistance. This does not mean that the imposter syndrome goes away, but that every time we take it head on, it becomes easier to deal with. We start to accumulate data and evidence that this imposter syndrome is not our enemy, it is a sign that we are pushing ourselves into new territory. It becomes a compass that we are on the right track. That the discomfort is part of the journey and it will forge us into who we need to be to accomplish the task ahead.

If you are interested in pushing yourself into uncharted territories as you evolve into the best version of yourself, then book you FREE session with a Wellness Coach and learn how we can work as a team in harnessing the power of imposter syndrome.

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