How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome
By | Annesha Dutta | Communications @MoneyTap I TEDx Speaker I Linkedin Top Voice I Professional Speaker
Sometime in 2018, Michelle Obama spoke to an audience of 300 students at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington and told them – “I still have a little bit of impostor syndrome, it never goes away, that you’re actually listening to me.”
She continued, “It doesn’t go away, that feeling that you shouldn’t take me that seriously. What do I know? I share that with you because we all have doubts in our abilities, about our power and what that power is.”
Let’s talk about imposter syndrome today and 6 ways to overcome it.
Impostor syndrome is a term used to describe feelings of insecurity or self-doubt, despite there being no evidence to support such a belief.
It’s a constant hum inside our head going – “You are not good enough. You will fail. People will laugh at you. You can’t do this. You are not smart or intelligent or rich enough to do this. How dare you have ambition? You will fail if you take up more. You are not good enough….”
Sound familiar? This has happened to me ( still happens ), happened to my friends and must have happened to you.
We all go through life thinking we are not smart enough to take on more. That is a lie. That is imposter syndrome and it never truly goes away. It may stem from our childhood memories, past failures, negative people around us, trolls on social media, bad job experiences, unsupportive family members – there is no dearth of people around us who are ready to pull us down.