We have all heard the term “imposter syndrome”, but what exactly does it mean?
The Oxford Dictionary defines it as ‘the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills’.
According to a 2020 review, up to 82% of people experience imposter syndrome; so that includes practically everyone – from students starting college who may feel they don’t belong, to the super mum at the school gates who always seems super groomed and on the go (but is really struggling with her life), to the person you think has it all (but they wouldn’t agree with you).
In my experience as a business coach, I have found imposter syndrome to be very common. Maybe it’s a cultural thing, where we don’t like to talk about our skills or talents, as it would be seen as bragging or having notions.
Even myself, with an award-winning business, it has often felt as if people were talking about someone else – not me.
Imposter syndrome, if allowed to prosper and go unchecked, can be very negative and restricting. It may lead to procrastination and it can cause anxiety, burnout, stress and lower job performance. It can lead to frustration, as you feel you cannot meet others’ expectations of you. None of which helps you to achieve your goals to flourish in your career or business.
As always, there are things you can do to help overcome imposter syndrome.
As with all things in life and business, it’s about the actions you take. Here’s what I have found helps:
Remember, who cares what people think? Believe in yourself. You are amazing and full of abilities, so just do it!