Imposter Syndrome: the inability to believe one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately earned.
Nearly every successful woman has felt like an imposter at one time or another. We women tend to be exceptionally hard on ourselves – struggling to feel as though we have earned or deserve any success that we are having. We question our abilities, our experience, our expertise instead of our ideas and information.
“I have written 11 books but each time I think ‘Uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’” – Maya Angelou
You. Are. Not. Alone. We’ve all been there, and we all have to remind ourselves of our worthiness from time to time. Ask yourself:
Who is determining if you are capable?
What is fact and what are the lies you tell yourself?
What makes someone else more qualified to do what you are doing?
If you don’t do it, who will?
Do not mistake discomfort for inability – get comfortable with being uncomfortable because no one is comfortable when they are growing. Just because someone else may appear comfortable it doesn’t mean they are experiencing the same anxiety and doubts that you are! In fact, most of the people we hold ourselves up against feel the EXACT SAME WAY we do!
There is no easy answer to overcoming your doubts, but you can change your mindset and remind yourself every day that YOU ARE WORTHY! Even when we inevitably stumble back into doubt we must remind ourselves of our true worth.
We all have our own unique story, experience and perspective and there is absolutely no reason why you can’t, and won’t succeed!