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“Oh my God…what if they find out that I don’t know what I’m doing?”

Imposter Syndrome: What It Is and How to Overcome It

Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people feel like they are frauds, despite having achieved success. It is characterized by feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, and insecurity. People with imposter syndrome often feel like they don’t deserve their success and that they are not as capable as others think they are. Despite their accomplishments, they may feel like a fraud or an imposter.


Imposter syndrome can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. It is especially common among high achievers who have a fear of failure and perfectionists who strive for excellence in everything they do. People with imposter syndrome may also be more likely to compare themselves to others and feel inadequate when comparing themselves to those around them.The good news is that imposter syndrome can be overcome with the right strategies and support. Here are some tips for overcoming imposter syndrome:

1. Acknowledge your feelings: The first step in overcoming imposter syndrome is to acknowledge your feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. Recognizing these feelings can help you understand why you feel this way and take steps to address them.

2. Celebrate your successes: Instead of focusing on your failures or shortcomings, focus on the successes you have achieved so far in life. Celebrating your successes can help boost your confidence and remind you that you are capable of achieving great things.

3. Talk to someone: Talking to someone about how you’re feeling can be incredibly helpful in overcoming imposter syndrome. Talking to a friend, family member, or mental health professional can help you gain perspective on your situation and provide support during difficult times.

4. Set realistic goals: Setting realistic goals for yourself can help reduce feelings of inadequacy and give you something tangible to work towards instead of focusing on what you haven’t achieved yet. Make sure the goals are achievable so that you don’t become overwhelmed or discouraged if you don’t reach them right away.

5. Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself is essential for managing stress levels and improving mental health overall. Make sure to take time out for yourself each day by doing activities that make you happy such as reading a book, going for a walk, or listening to music – whatever helps relax your mind!

Imposter syndrome can be an incredibly difficult experience but it doesn’t have to define who you are or limit what you can achieve in life! With the right strategies and support system in place, it is possible to overcome imposter syndrome and start believing in yourself again!

~Sadaqa Ward, LCSW

Have you experienced Imposter Syndrome in your career?

  • 0%Yes! This is me right now

  • 0%No.

  • 0%Yes! I feel so seen!

  • 0%I don’t know

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