Are you suffering from imposter syndrome?

5 tips to beat imposter syndrome

1. Stop aiming for perfection

There's nothing wrong with doing your best but that doesn't mean that you have to be 'the best'. Life isn't a competition. Pursuing perfectionism is exhausting and pointless because, quite simply, it doesn't exist.

2. Stop comparing yourself

Why wish that you were more like someone else or had achieved what they have? There is no other you so be the best you that you can be! And remember that, with all your unique talents and abilities, there are probably several people wishing that they were more like you right now.

3. Accept your role in your own success

When we can't internalise our life wins, we tell ourselves that we were given an opportunity that someone else didn't get - that life isn't fair and that's why we've done well. While it's true that life isn't fair, remember that you DID make a choice somewhere along the line. You said 'yes' to the opportunity rather than 'no'. Remember that you made this happen somewhere along the line.

4. Remember that no one knows what they're doing in life

Not really. We're all winging it. So pull up your big girl pants, remember that everyone else is just as scared as you are and just get on with it.

5. And if all else fails, don't fight it, ride it…

"The beauty of the impostor syndrome is you vacillate between extreme egomania and a complete feeling of: 'I'm a fraud! Oh God, they're on to me! I'm a fraud!" says multi-award- winning actress and writer, Tina Fey. "So you just try to ride the egomania when it comes and enjoy it, and then slide through the idea of fraud."


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