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Yes, Impostor Syndrome Is Real. Here's How to Deal With It?

  • 27th May'21

Stress and work pressure make you feel less confident. The pressure keeps mounting up, and you ask yourself, 

Why am I here? 

Do I really belong here? 

But do these questions constantly pop up in your head?

Well...if they do, you are knocking at the door of the Impostor Syndrome. As Harvard Business Review defines, ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.’ You are making your career journey even more challenging. 

 

How? 

By self-doubting yourself. The Journal of Behavioral Science states that nearly 70 % of people suffer from Impostor Syndrome. Getting affected by impostor Syndrome does not mean you embrace it in your routine. You can handle it. You just need to know the right method to deal with it. 

● Know your worthYou are good at accomplishing one task. Continue doing the same. Experiment with something else only when you feel you are ready to move ahead. Remember, you are born with a quality. You are hired for a job for the qualities you possess. Explore them and work according to them. Take pride in yourself. Your work will speak the rest for you. 

Talk it outImpostor Syndrome is not a taboo. You can talk about it with your friends. Don’t look at them as your foes. They are your friends, always happy to lend a helping hand when you need it. Their suggestions are a boon for you. 

No one is perfectYou can commit errors. 

 

You Know Why? 

Because no one is a born perfectionist, you learn from the errors you make. So, don’t be too judgemental about the mistakes you make. Well, it's not just you who is fighting this syndrome. 

Many leaders and accomplished people fear their heights. Like American author, poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou said, “I have written 11 books. But, each time I think, Uh ho, they’re going to find out now. I have run a game on everybody, and they are going to find me out.”  

Read more about Impostor Syndrome here.

 

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