Tips to Overcome the Impostor Syndrome (Part One)

The constant feeling of being an impostor. This is what a person who suffers from the impostor syndrome feels. If you are receiving a promotion at work, congratulations for a successful project, recognition for daily work, a prize or simple compliments, if you have the impostor syndrome, you will think that you don’t deserve any of it – in short, that you are not good enough.

Do you want to overcome this syndrome? In today’s article, we bring you tips that will help. Keep reading below to learn more.

Become More Aware

The first step is to recognize it. Do you hear that little inner voice that always trips you up, convinces you that you will never know enough, or tells you that if what you’re doing isn’t 100% perfect, it won’t be worth anything? This is the impostor syndrome whispering in your ear from within.

If you want to put an end to it, calm the fears it inspires and overcome it, you must identify it. How do you do that? We have a trick for knowing when the impostor syndrome is taking over your life: write down your emotional journal every night before bed. Put what you feel on paper, look inside and locate that speech that only serves to put limits on your potential.

Be More Positive

Words have much more power than you realize. If you tell yourself “I’m not worth it” or “I can’t do it”, your mind and body will eventually believe it. That’s why it’s so important to change the self-talk that leads to impostor syndrome to reverse it and start using positive language. But that’s easier said than done, isn’t it?

Here are some tips on how to put it into practice:

Read the book “The Science of Positive Language” by Luis Castellanos. Not only will you become more aware of the power of your words, but you will also learn to be more persuasive in your sales texts or in your conversations with customers. Not in vain is one of the reads we recommend to my students.

– Surround yourself with stimulating people who energize you and help you see the bright side. And, at the same time, avoid those people who never stop complaining about their problems or who always object when you talk to them about taking risks, growing or doing something new.

– Rest and do activities that make you happy. Set aside a few minutes a day to take care of yourself and love yourself unconditionally. Go for a walk, go for a swim, put on an episode of your favorite show, paint, write, laugh, meet friends, talk to the flower in your window, meditate, sip your favorite tea or watch the sunset. You choose, but do it.

– Take care of your body and mind by exercising and eating healthy. When you feel good physically, it’s 100 times easier to maintain a good mood, a clear mind and positive speech in your thoughts.

Ask Others

You may not believe it, but (almost) everyone has experienced imposter syndrome at some point in their lives, even the person you least expect.

I know, it sounds impossible. Yet, it’s true and you can verify it:

Ask your colleagues, your friends, your bosses, your mentors… When you realize that this person you admire so much has also been or continues to be in the same situation as you, you will see that one of the weights that was dragging you down will be lifted and you will feel lighter.

You are not alone. What is happening to you is common and you can overcome it too.

There you are! With those tips, you should be able to overcome this syndrome. Want to know more? Come back to check out the second part of our article. Until then, do you have some tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below.

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