Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

be createfull episode 27

Be Createfull Podcast | Episode 27

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Are you dealing with imposter syndrome? As the name implies, Imposter Syndrome is… well… feeling like an imposter. It’s the mix of “fraudy feelings” that cause you to doubt your own abilities and knowledge, reduce your successes to luck or external circumstance, and make it difficult to accept accolades or praise for your accomplishments.

Drs. Pauline Rose Clance and Susanne Immes were the first to study what they called “imposter phenomenon” in 1978. It’s estimated that 25-30% of high achievers frequently experience imposter phenomenon and 70% of the population has felt like a fraud at some point in their lifetime.

Take Dr. Clance’s Imposter Phenomenon Test for more insight. 

What causes Imposter Syndrome?

Whether it’s running a business, starting a podcast, or something as seemingly small as feeling comfortable wearing red lipstick, we struggle with imposter syndrome daily at Make.Do.! We rattle off a laundry list of causes in this week’s podcast conversation. Here are a few that stick out:

We don't try because we don't want to fail. But when you're already doubting your ability, success feels like an accident.

  • Unrealistic expectations of the future or what you hope to achieve
  • Comparing your struggle to other’s apparent success
  • Perfectionism.  
  • Focusing on all the things you don’t know instead of acknowledging your own expertise
  • Trying something new

Tips for dealing with all the fraudy feelings

Dealing with imposter syndrome can increase feelings of stress and anxiety, drain your energy through overworking or procrastination, and leave you wishing you were brave enough to try the things you really want to do. Here are a few ways we try to manage the “imposter lies.”

Start by asking yourself: Am I fraud or am I a beginner? Are you actually an imposter or are you just new?

  • Embrace the outward expression of that thing you’re trying to do… not sure you’re the “red lipstick type,” just put on the lipstick until it feels right!
  • Prioritize authenticity by being honest with your failures and fraudy feelings
  • Celebrate your wins, no matter how small. Imposter syndrome is based on feelings, not truth. Recognizing things that make it “feel” real can validate the truth that it actually is. 
  • Recognize the “and“… You didn’t do everything on your own and you put in the time and effort needed to get the thing done. Holding both truths at the same time will give you a realistic view of your accomplishments without belittling yourself.

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