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Three Tips to Get Over Your Imposter Syndrome

By:
Jason Wong
Published Date:
Mar 16, 2016

Self SabotageWe’ve all heard the old adage, “you are your own worst enemy,” and imposter syndrome is an unfortunate example of just how you can get in the way of your own success. After all, if you don’t feel that you have what it takes to succeed; it’s unlikely that others, whether they are clients or colleagues, will feel you do. So what can you do to get over your feelings of inadequacy? Inc has a few tips for you to bear in mind when you’re feeling like your best isn’t enough.

Know your accomplishments. Make a list of all the things that you’re proud to have accomplished, from career milestones to endorsements from colleagues. Not only will it be hard proof of how great you are, it’ll also come in handy when you’re applying for another job or gunning for a raise or promotion.

Stop looking to be perfect. It’s impossible for anybody to be perfect, so don’t expect yourself to be. Everyone is expected to make mistakes, even during their careers. If you expect perfection, you’re just setting yourself up for failure.

Find and use a support system. One of the best things you can do for your mental health is having friends, family, and even colleagues who support you. If a friend told you that they were feeling discouraged about a job hunt, you wouldn’t tell them that they were the problem, would you? Instead, you’d probably list their virtues and pump them up for their next interview! So do the same for yourself, and let your self-confidence take off.