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You Are Not an Impostor...

I wanted to open up about impostor syndrome. It's a topic that many of us, especially women, struggle with, and I wanted to share my experiences and thoughts on how to deal with it.

Impostor syndrome, for those who may not be familiar with it, is a psychological pattern where individuals doubt their accomplishments, skills, or talents and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud. It’s especially prevalent among women as a result of societal pressures and stereotypes.

Personally, impostor syndrome has affected me at various points in my life and career. Despite achieving certain milestones and receiving recognition for my work, I would find myself questioning whether I truly deserved it or if it was just luck. The fear of being discovered as a "fake" often left me feeling anxious and held me back from pursuing new opportunities.

However, over time, I've learned a few strategies to help me combat impostor syndrome, and I hope they can be helpful for any of you who may have a similar experience:

1️⃣ Recognize and acknowledge your achievements: Take a step back and reflect on your accomplishments. Write them down, create a list of your strengths, and celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem.

2️⃣ Embrace self-compassion: Treat yourself with kindness and understanding. We are often our own harshest critics. Be gentle with yourself and remember that making mistakes is a part of growth, and doesn't diminish your worth or abilities

3️⃣ Seek support and connect with others: Opening up about your feelings of impostor syndrome can help you realize that you're not alone. Surround yourself with supportive individuals who can provide encouragement and perspective.

4️⃣ Challenge negative thoughts: When self-doubt creeps in, challenge those negative thoughts. Remind yourself of your past successes and the positive feedback you've received. Don't let that inner critic define your self-worth. Replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations.

5️⃣ Keep learning and growing: Embrace a growth mindset and see challenges as opportunities for growth. Invest in your professional development, seek new challenges, and continuously expand your knowledge and skills. Remember that learning is a lifelong journey, and everyone starts somewhere.

All in all, overcoming impostor syndrome is a process, and it takes time. Be patient with yourself and celebrate the progress you make along the way. You have worked hard to be where you are, and you deserve to own your accomplishments with confidence.

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Lesley Reece is a women's life coach who has herself suffered from impostor syndrome... and still does from time to time! Learn more about her coaching program FLOURISH! by visiting her website here!