Imposter syndrome can be a massive hindrance. It can hold us back and stop us from achieving what we are more than capable of. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it refers to "an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be" and it can lead to self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy*.
This is my first #blog post as a #Wellbeing #Coach and it has taken me a week to finally ‘put pen to paper’. After I was asked to contribute to a shared blog, the dreaded #impostersyndrome crept up on me and the following limiting beliefs kicked in:
I am not a blogger.
I don’t belong here.
I have no idea where to begin.
Firstly, it’s important to note that experiencing such limiting beliefs is very common, but watch out for them, and question them often. Once I noticed that these thoughts were floating around in my head… taking up valuable space… I took control.
So, how did I take control? And how can you overcome imposter syndrome when it tries to stop you in your tracks?
To notice is the first step. Remember, your thoughts are your own, you control them, and you have the power to challenge them and turn them around. So, next time you find yourself questioning your own abilities and self-doubt appears…simply notice.
Next, challenge your limiting beliefs. Write down what is holding you back…What is the belief? Where did it come from? And most importantly…is it true?? Learning to question your thoughts and turn them around is central to overcoming self-doubt.
Make sure you look at your past achievements and celebrate your wins. They are not down to luck…they are down to you!
Set yourself free
Turn your limiting beliefs on their head! Yes, you do belong! Yes, you do deserve this! Switch them around and take action.
Go for it!