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The Imposter Within - understanding the Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome

Raise your hand if you've ever questioned your abilities, downplayed your achievements, or felt like a "fraud" amidst success. You're not alone. This internal voice of self-doubt, also referred to as imposter syndrome, can be a sneaky saboteur, limiting our potential and progress.

 

The imposter syndrome can impact anyone, though research suggests it might be more prevalent among women. As International Women's Day approaches, it's essential to not only acknowledge, but also address this internal struggle that can hold women back from achieving their full potential. The imposter syndrome is often described as the feeling of being a fraud, which can manifest in various ways: questioning your own skills and accomplishments, attributing success to luck rather than one’s own ability, and fearing exposure to inadequacy. These feelings can lead to self-doubt and one may hesitate to pursue opportunities.

 

However, it's important to remember that it can affect anyone, regardless of gender. The exact cause behind this syndrome depends on various factors such as societal expectations, gender stereotypes, lack of representation, and internalized beliefs can all play a role.

 

Personally, I've felt like an imposter in various situations, like walking into a room full of accomplished individuals. A mental trick shared by my coach helped me overcome this fear, which involved picturing myself to be taller than everyone else, and it worked!

 

I've learned that the key to overcoming imposter syndrome lies not only in viewing the situation differently and eliminating self-doubt, but in learning to manage it effectively. Here are some strategies that have helped me:

 

  1. Acknowledgement: Recognizing the presence of imposter feelings is the first step. Instead of believing them to be the truth, reframe them as challenges to be overcome.

  2. Focus on Facts: When the self-doubt creeps in, I remind myself of concrete evidence of my skills and accomplishments. This can be past successes, positive feedback from others, or even my ongoing commitment to improvement.

  3. Celebrate Small Wins: Acknowledging and celebrating achievements, no matter how small, can build confidence and contribute to the bigger picture.  

  4. Seek Support: Talking to trusted friends, mentors, or colleagues about your experiences can help normalize these feelings and offer valuable advice and encouragement.

 

The imposter syndrome may be a common challenge, but it doesn't have to define your journey. If you are struggling with this and require support, do feel free to reach out to me on malativasudevaconsults@gmail.com.


Remember, you’re not alone and together we can overcome self-doubt and build the confidence to achieve our fullest potential.


 

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