Beat Imposter Syndrome with Mindfulness
Do you ever feel like a fraud?
You’re not alone. Imposter Syndrome is a damaging psychological issue that affects an estimated 70% of Americans. Here we look at some key areas where feeling like a phoney is undermining us, and how to beat them by being mindful.
We convince ourselves that if we do everything perfectly, we’ll be acknowledged by our peers. So we do a perfect job and instead of feeling fulfilled, we feel even more anxious about the next task. Be aware of the task and its deadline. Do the best you can, and accept that if there are mistakes, you can always fix them.
"Everyone else is better than me"
Comparing our inner chaos to everyone else’s outer calm can be debilitating, and make us feel isolated or scared. Acknowledge your insecure thoughts and let them go. Remind yourself that 7 out of 10 people around you probably feel as out of their element as you do.
"I don’t need any help"
Accepting help is a great way to boost our support network, but it’s difficult to do when you feel like an imposter. If you feel like accepting help makes you weak, you might be hurting yourself in the long run.
Ask yourself a simple question: are you refusing help because you are comfortable doing this task alone, or because you need to prove that you can?