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Four Tips to Help you Overcome Imposter Syndrome

In the 1970s, psychologists Suzana Imes and Pauline Rose Clance first used the term “Imposter Syndrome.” It means doubting yourself and repeatedly asking questions like – “Am I good enough?”. 

You need to understand the symptoms of Imposter Syndrome if you want to overcome it because,  

“Being aware of something is the first step towards changing it.” -Nathaniel Branden

The common symptoms of Imposter syndrome are, 
  • You always feel – “You just get lucky.”
  • You keep very high standards for yourself. 
  • You regret it even if it’s not your mistake. 
  • You are paralyzed by fear of failure. 

1. Practice Gratitude

We criticize ourselves and constantly complain about our lives. It’s one of the biggest causes of Imposter Syndrome. If you can afford the internet, you live a better lifestyle than many. You should be grateful for what you have. And of the best way to practice gratitude is to have a “gratitude journal” every day; you write down three things you are grateful for.

2. Practice Self-Love

If you have imposter syndrome, it just means you are too strict on yourself; you feel unworthy and not good enough. So, practicing self-love can help you overcome it, and some of the best ways to do that are:

  •  STOP the negative self-talk 
  • Use daily affirmations (I am good enough, I deserve good things, I work hard, I am beautiful, I am worthy, I am freaking good at what I do, and so on)
  • Do what makes you happy and do it often
  • Surround yourself with positive people

3. You Don’t Need to be Perfect to be Great.

Do you know what perfectionism means? It means that you did 95% right, but you are sad for the 5% gone wrong. You must understand that this world is unpredictable. There is no guarantee to succeed even if you do things 100% perfectly. Therefore, focus on giving your best and leaving the rest to God, and know that you don’t need to be PERFECT to be GREAT. Give yourself grace when you make mistakes. 

4. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others.

Comparing yourself to other people is not only unhealthy, but it keeps you from reaching your full potential. We all are unique and were created for different purposes, so your journey will not be the same as someone else’s; though your path may be similar, your destination won’t be the same. Accept yourself as you are, celebrate your uniqueness, and know that the grass is not always greener on the other side. 


Practicing gratitude, self-love, and understanding that you don’t need to be perfect to be great and that your journey is different from others will help you eliminate Imposter Syndrome and free you from self-doubt and worthlessness. 

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