You wake up every morning, get ready and go to the office. Then, you tackle your to-dos, excel at your job and come home. It’s a cycle you repeat day in and day out.
But somehow, you’re still feeling as though you don’t belong in your current role, and you’re not alone in experiencing that. In fact, this sentiment has a name — impostor syndrome.
According to Scientific American, it’s “a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity or fraudulence despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It strikes smart, successful individuals. It often rears its head after an especially notable accomplishment.”
Obviously, you shouldn’t be feeling this way at all, considering all that you’re doing and achieving. So it’s time to overcome your impostor syndrome and own what a valuable employee and person you are.
Here are five tips that should help.
1. Trust Your Bosses
You might not be 100 percent convinced of your worth just yet, but you probably have confidence in your superiors. One way to begin to overcome your impostor syndrome, then, is to throw your support behind your bosses’ decision-making. They hired you from a pool of qualified candidates, and they continue to keep you on board because of your many contributions. That perspective should instill a healthy dose of confidence.
2. Remember Your Achievements
Another way to accept your success is to remember all you’ve done to get where you are. This advice is somewhat similar to tip number one, but it requires you to look inward rather than relying on the expertise of others.
For instance, you went to school and chose the right major for you by considering your passions, financial goals, need for a challenge and more. Through your studies, you earned your first job and worked to where you are now. You wouldn’t get from point A to point B and beyond without hard work.
In other words, you deserve to be where you are right now.
3. Avoid Focusing on Mistakes
There are many different iterations of the impostor syndrome, and one common type will have you hung up on even the slightest of errors. Being a perfectionist isn’t always bad, but in this case, it’s causing you to ruin your self-esteem.
The only way to get over your perfectionism is to forge ahead. Stop working to finesse the same project for hours. Instead, accept that nothing in life is perfect. And don’t be afraid to start working on an extra-large, daunting project that’s been looming.
All you can do is your best, and when you realize that that’s good enough, you’ll start to see your perfectionism fading away.
4. Talk to Someone
Even if you’re getting feedback at work, it could be worth your time to speak with your boss or colleagues about how you’re feeling. If you can’t assuage your impostor syndrome on your own, they’ll likely help you feel more qualified with their feedback on your work and praise for all you do. Don’t be afraid to ask — someone in your professional circle is sure to have the right words to build you up when you can’t do it yourself.
Close colleagues and friends can help enlighten your beliefs about employment, too. Some may have advice about pursuing alternative employment, tips on taking up side jobs, or information about changing careers. Whatever doubt you’re feeling, friends and family may be able to help talk you through it.
5. Drop the Verbal Doubt
You might be exacerbating your impostor syndrome without even realizing it. By beginning your sentences with language that implies you doubt your opinions or input, you’ll create a similar sensation in your mind. Try to cut phrasing like, “I’m not sure this is important, but…” or “I don’t know if this is correct, but…”
If you begin your sentences with positivity, you’ll start feeling more confident in your statements — and yourself.
Remember, You Deserve It
The most important thing to remember in all of this is that you deserve all that you have. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and you shouldn’t let your success cause you to feel out of place — it’s time to start owning it.