Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

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Feeling like an imposter is something many of us have experienced. It’s most common in the professional world, when you start feeling like you don’t belong at a certain place and that somebody will realize you’re “faking it” pretty soon. Of course, we realize that this feeling doesn’t represent reality, but it can be hard to be sure of that when you start feeling insecure and incompetent. Here’s how you can get past it.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

It’s important to acknowledge your feelings and identify why you’re feeling them. Sometimes it’s easy to recognize why you’re feeling like an imposter if you give yourself a chance. Talking to a person you trust is also a good idea.

Feelings are Not Facts

Once you’ve identified your feelings, it’s important to distinguish them from the facts. If you don’t do this, it’s easy to start believing the things you feel even though they may have nothing in common with reality.

Fight Back

Whenever you feel overwhelmed with self-doubt, take time to actively fight back. For every negative thought, come up with a positive one that proves you wrong. Remember those conscious thoughts and get back to them whenever you need some encouragement.