Reframing Our Mindset: Stop Feeling Like an Impostor

Impostor syndrome is our tendency to discount or diminish obvious evidence of our abilities. Impostor syndrome can be detrimental to our performance and well-being: flying under the radar to avoid being in the spotlight can make us less likely to grow professionally or academically, procrastination can cause stress and/or anxiety and the subsequent overwork can affect our sleeping patterns and overall health.


We might become workaholics, or even make self-sabotage a personal routine, affecting us negatively at the workplace and home.

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The thing is that no one likes to fail, or to not know the answer, or to struggle with learning. The difference between impostors and non-impostors is that those firmly in the first category feel shame for it. In contrast, the non-impostors know that they can’t be brilliant at everything. They know that there is no such thing as perfect, and they are fine with that. So, instead of trying to reach impossible standards that – God knows why – we have put on ourselves, perhaps we can try a more dynamic approach towards overcoming impostor syndrome: it just involves four easy steps and lots of practice.


The 4 steps to stop feeling like an impostor


1. Pay attention to the conversation going on in your head: out of years of practice, we have come accustomed to the impostor thoughts, telling us that we’re not good enough, or not smart enough. So from now on, when someone compliments you about your achievements, just take the compliment.

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Natalia Marcela Pitta Osses

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