Have you ever felt like a fraud in your own body? In other words, you might feel like you portray yourself in a certain way, but everyone around you knows the truth. Well, if you answered yes, you’re dealing with imposter syndrome. What’s imposter syndrome exactly? According to Harvard Business Review, it’s “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.”
Everyone has experienced this at some point in their life, and that’s okay. That’s why I wanted to share a few ways to deal with it.
Make a List
Try to make a list of at least 10 things that show you are just as qualified as anyone else for the role you’re seeking. When it comes to imposter syndrome, you are more qualified and capable than you believe. Writing down our qualifications can help push back the self-doubt and help you recognize your worth.
Own Your Accomplishments
I know I frequently undermine a lot of my accomplishments. I always say that I just got lucky instead of believing I had the skills and qualities to achieve. Congratulate yourself, give yourself a pat on the back, and tell yourself “I did that because of my skills.” You are very capable of accomplishing whatever you set your mind to.
Create a vision board or simply picture yourself in the place or position where you want to be. I know imposter syndrome can at times prevent us from starting new projects or trying out things we want do, but to be able to see what you’re aiming for will help you start the process to get there.
Feeling like an imposter at some point in life is normal. It’s when you take the steps to be what you hope to someday become that you shed that self-doubt. Remember, you are every wonderful thing you believe you are. For more information about overcoming imposter syndrome read Sumit Gupta’s article to help boost your confidence and check out this TED Talk.
By Amaris Edwards, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep