• Brett Chinn

Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever felt like you don’t deserve to be where you are? Like your colleagues or clients are going to discover you’re a fraud, and you don’t 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 know what you're doing? 😳

This, my friends, is 🚨Imposter Syndrome 🚨 - and it's a lot more common than you'd think!

While it was initially believed that only women were affected by imposter syndrome, it is not unique to any gender, social status, or experience level. It can be triggered by both internal (anxiety, depression) and external (environment, institutionalized discrimination) factors.

Imposter syndrome makes us irrationally doubt ourselves, and can make us think that we haven't truly excelled or that we aren't worthy of our success. It can trick you into believing that your achievements are the result of external factors like luck, timing, or other factors beyond our control - instead of your own aptitude or performance.

Not only can this inhibit performance in your current role, but imposter feelings can also prevent you from pursuing future opportunities because you doubt that you're actually qualified for the position.

So, 𝙝𝙤𝙬 do we overcome imposter syndrome?

I often help my individual coaching clients work through these feelings by challenging their negative self-talk and reframing their story in a way that is more reflective of reality. For example, if you had to write an introductory bio on yourself, what would it say? All of that - all of your accomplishments, your expertise - is real!

In my next post, I'll share more tips on how to put an end to imposter syndrome and embrace all of the success, accolades, and, 𝙮𝙚𝙨, confidence, that you deserve!


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