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The Inner Critic: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough and that your success is due to luck rather than your own skill and experience? This is a common feeling that many people experience, known as Imposter Syndrome. It can cause self-doubt, procrastination, and prevent you from reaching your full potential.
In this article, we’ll explore both how to recognize it, and the steps needed in overcoming Imposter Syndrome. Follow this so you can gain the confidence you need to succeed in your career.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome is an innate belief that we’re not good enough and that people will soon find out we’re a fraud. Despite achieving success and recognition, we still feel like we don’t deserve it, and that any success we’ve had is due to luck or some external factor.
The truth is, this feeling of inadequacy is often just a perception that we create for ourselves. By acknowledging that this is just a thought and not reality, we can take the first step towards breaking free from these limiting beliefs.
Breaking Free from the Inner Critic
One of the biggest insights for overcoming Imposter Syndrome is recognizing when the inner critic is taking control of our thoughts. By defusing from that thought and reminding ourselves that it’s not real, we can take back control and ask ourselves, “What’s one thing I can do right now to get back on track?”
It takes practice, patience, and resilience to overcome these thoughts, but with some self-compassion and a willingness to explore, it’s possible to direct our focus where it needs to go.
Fake It Until You Make It
Many people face challenges every day that require a response, and often, they have to “fake it until they make it,” using their knowledge and experience to come up with an appropriate response. We’re not always expected to get it right, but we are expected to respond and make progress.
Bringing curiosity and playfulness to a situation can help remove the seriousness and allow us to explore, which can often form the basis of the next step forward.
You Can Overcome Your Imposter Syndrome
Imposter Syndrome is a common feeling that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. By recognizing the inner critic and taking control of our thoughts, we can break free from these limiting beliefs and gain the confidence we need to succeed in our careers. With practice and self-compassion, we can direct our focus where it needs to go and take the next steps forward.
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
How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome: Tips from a Hypnotherapist