Impostor Syndrome Defined
“Impostor syndrome (also spelled imposter syndrome, also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a term coined in the 1970s by psychologists and researchers to informally describe people who are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved.”
You Might Have Impostor Syndrome If…
It doesn’t matter what your profession is. You can be an artist, a yoga instructor, a teacher, an entrepreneur, a stay-at-home mom, a blogger. It doesn’t matter. The point is that you are successful and talented but you keep telling yourself that you aren’t good enough. That it could be better. Or that at any moment now the people who have hired you do work for them or to create a project are going to discover that you truly suck. They are going to chase you away with sticks and harsh words.
It’s not true! Stop telling yourself that! (I have to remind myself to do the same thing).
I have a two part theory for this.
The first part of this theory is that we start to feel this way because we see so many successful people around us. We see their beautiful photography, amazing websites, and their super polished life and we think that ours doesn’t compare and it never will. Somewhere, someone is comparing themselves to you. Do you really want them to feel that way about themselves?
The second part of this theory is that now that we can teach ourselves so many things without a “formal” education that we feel we aren’t certified or professional enough if we didn’t learn it in a structured educational setting. As an educator, I would argue that you probably know your area of expertise better than someone with a formal education in the same field. Why? Because you have put it into practice. You didn’t read about it, pass the test, and move on. Your knowledge is more cemented in your brain because it was used in a practical manner. Am I right?
You Are Right Where You Are Supposed to Be
If you are like me, you sometimes feel like you are just making it up as you go along…but you will realize someday that you actually know what you’re talking about!
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So, even on those days that you still feel like a teenager who is just playing house and not really an like an actual adult, you need to remember that you are that damn good. This is your life. You are successful and you are rocking the moment that you are in now. Sit back for a minute, breath, think of all the things you have already accomplished. Savor that 🙂
Ok. I’m off to breath and savor.