By Alesia Stradford


Do you constantly feel like you don’t belong at work or that you’re a fraud? 

We’ve all suffered from these negative thoughts before, better known as Imposter Syndrome. Imposter syndrome is when you doubt your abilities, have a hard time accepting your success, and feel like a fraud at work. Many people suffer from Imposter Syndrome, especially those in high-level positions. As common as it is, it’s time to put an end to it. Here are 6 ways to get over Imposter Syndrome:



Master the power of affirmation

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Remind yourself of your value by confidently speaking uplifting affirmations everyday. Our thoughts and our words are so powerful. The more you begin to think and speak positive things about yourself, the more you truly begin to believe it. Every morning, before you start your day, look in the mirror and recite your affirmations. Some people write affirmations on sticky notes and attach them to their mirror, some write them down in a journal, and some people type them in their phone. Whichever way you choose, make sure you commit to reading and reciting them daily. 


If you need help with choosing affirmations, check out this powerful list of 50 affirmations that can help you build your self-worth. 



Reflect on your past and recent achievements

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Think about everything you achieved in your life up until this point that has gotten you to where you are today. If you weren’t worthy enough or good at what you do, you wouldn’t have made those accomplishments! Your hard work, talents, education, strengths, and dedication have awarded you your value and rightfully earned you the position that you’re in. Get comfortable with acknowledging your success and giving yourself some praise.



Don’t compare yourself to others 

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One trigger for Imposter Syndrome is comparison. You compare yourself to those around you at work and you feel as though you don’t qualify to be in the same position as them. If you’ve made a habit of always comparing yourself, you’ve got to destroy it. Comparison is not only the thief of joy but also the destroyer of your self-value, because you’ll always feel incompetent if you’re constantly comparing yourself to others! 



Be easy on yourself 

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Don’t be so quick to criticize yourself. Remember, imposter feelings are not equivalent to what others think about you! While you’re feeling like a “fraud” or that you don’t belong there, the people around you most likely don’t feel that way. 



Stay connected with your biggest supporters

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Think about the friends, family members, coworkers, and community members who recognize your worth, empower you, and celebrate you. These are the people who support and value you the most. Even when we fail to recognize our value, the people who love us have a way of building us back up by affirming our worth and reminding us of our gifts and talents. Build your support group with these individuals and lean on them when you’re dealing with self-doubt and feeling uncertain about your talents. 



Seek advice from others 

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You are not alone. Many people battle with Imposter Syndrome; more than you know. A great way to get over something is by seeking counsel from people who’ve faced the same challenges as you and overcame them. Talk to individuals you know who suffered from Imposter Syndrome and ask them how they got over it or effectively dealing with it. 


If it’s more comfortable for you, you can also speak to a mentor or therapist. They tend to be great listeners who want the best for you and can offer valuable advice to help.



Getting over Imposter Syndrome isn’t a quick fix; it’s a process. You have to first understand what it is and what the signs are, then you can work on getting over it. With these 6 actionable tips we’ve provided, we hope you apply them to your life so you can begin your journey to recognizing your worth, building your self-esteem, and shifting your self-perception.


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