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How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome: Tips from a Hypnotherapist

Deal With Your Imposter Syndrome

Do you think that everyone around you is more talented and capable than you are?

Maybe you feel like you’ve ended up in your position by ‘fluke’, and you’re afraid that they’ll discover you’re not really that good?

If so, you might be experiencing imposter syndrome.

This is a common problem that affects many people, from high achievers to those just starting out in their careers. But don't worry, there are ways to overcome imposter syndrome and regain your confidence.

I've helped many clients to deal with their inner critic, and in this blog I'll share with you how to deal with your imposter Syndrome.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

First, let's define imposter syndrome.

It's a psychological phenomenon where a person doubts their abilities and feels like a fraud, even when they have evidence to the contrary.

It's often seen in high-achieving individuals who are unable to internalize their accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Imposter syndrome can lead to feelings of anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem. It can also affect your work and personal relationships.

Recognize Your Feelings

The first step in dealing with imposter syndrome is to become aware of and recognise your feelings.

You need to acknowledge that you're feeling like a fraud and that it's affecting your self-esteem.

When you begin to be aware of what that inner critic is saying to you, then you're in a better position to challenge it.

Challenge Your Thoughts

Once you're aware of the thoughts and feeling being generated by your inner critic, it's time to challenge them.

One of the best ways to challenge your thoughts is to write them down. Start a journal and write down all the thoughts and feelings you have about yourself and your abilities. Look for evidence that contradicts those thoughts. For example, if you're feeling like you're not good enough at your job, write down all the positive feedback you've received from your boss and colleagues. Remind yourself that you were hired for a reason and that you have the skills and experience necessary to do your job well.

Your mind is not always your friend. When you challenge it, you discover that you don't always have to listen to what it says or believe it.

Embrace Your Successes

It's important to take a moment and celebrate your successes.

Too often, people with imposter syndrome downplay their accomplishments or attribute them to a 'fluke' or good luck.

But you worked hard for your successes, and you deserve to be proud of them.

Make a list of your achievements and keep it somewhere you can see it regularly.

Focus on Your Strengths

Another way to combat imposter syndrome is to bring your focus to your strengths.

You will have skills that you're good at and what makes you unique. Maybe you're a great communicator, or you have a talent for solving complex problems.

Whatever it is, embrace it and use it to your advantage. When you're feeling down about yourself, remind yourself of your strengths and how they can help you to succeed.

This will help you to internalize your accomplishments and feel more confident in your abilities.

Seek Support

Don't be afraid to seek support from others.

Talk to friends, family members, or a therapist about how you're feeling. Sometimes, just talking about your feelings can help to alleviate them.

Imposter Syndrome is often linked to shame. One of the easiest ways to deal with shame is to talk it out with someone you trust and who can offer you empathy and understanding.

You can also find support groups online or in your community where you can connect with others who are going through the same thing.

Practice Mindfulness

Finally, practicing mindfulness can help to reduce the symptoms of imposter syndrome.

Mindfulness is a practice that involves being present in the moment and observing your thoughts and feelings without judgment.

By practicing mindfulness, you can learn to recognize when imposter syndrome is affecting you and challenge those thoughts.

You can also learn to be kinder and more compassionate towards yourself.

Imposter Syndrome Is More Common Than You Might Think

Imposter syndrome is a common problem that affects many people, but it doesn't have to control your life.

By recognizing your feelings, challenging your thoughts, embracing your successes, focusing on your strengths, seeking support, and practicing mindfulness, you can overcome imposter syndrome and regain your confidence. Remember that you are not alone and that there is help available if you need it.

As you begin to realise that the 'imposter' is just a creation of the mind and not reality, you can begin to have greater control over it. It doesn't define you, and it doesn't have to control your life.

By using these tips and strategies, you can learn to challenge your negative thoughts and beliefs and see yourself in a more positive light. You can overcome imposter syndrome and achieve your goals, no matter how big or small they may be.

So, take a deep breath, be kind to yourself, and remember that you are capable of great things. With a little bit of effort and self-reflection, you can conquer imposter syndrome and live the life you deserve.

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You may also like to read:
How To Stop The Negative Thoughts From Taking Control
The Mindfulness Toolkit
Feel Like a Fraud? You Might Have Imposter Syndrome
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