What Is Imposter Syndrome, and What To Do About It

If imposter syndrome has ever held you back from taking action towards your goals, if you’ve ever held back your high performer tendencies due to perfectionism, then today’s video is for you.

Imposter syndrome doesn’t have to hold you back from the big goals you’ve set for yourself.

Hi, I’m Kristin Jekielek, a Resilience Coach. Today’s video is for you, if you’ve ever let imposter syndrome hold you back from taking action on one of your big goals. If you’ve ever told yourself that you’re just not ready to move forward until you take another course or gained another certification, or if you’ve ever sat at a table and told yourself that you don’t deserve to be in the room, even when everyone else there thinks that you do.

I need to take a moment here and say that imposter syndrome is not the same as a healthy questioning of your capabilities in the face of a new challenge. It is not a rational assessment of the skills that you have versus the skills that you need.

Imposter syndrome pops up when we strongly doubt ourselves and begin to tell ourselves we can’t do something, and it prevents us from moving forward and taking action.

The path forward through imposter syndrome, and my tip for today, is to first realize that imposter syndrome is not about reality, it’s not about objective facts. It is about fear and self-doubt, plain and simple.

The best way to get through imposter syndrome is to build up our own sense of capability, and to build up and
strengthen our own self-worth, and the best way to do
that is by taking action.

Look at the biggest goal you have in your life that you haven’t moved forward on, and right now, today, decide on one thing — one tiny small step you can take towards that goal.

And then put it on your schedule for 9am tomorrow to do that one thing, to take that one small step forward, and then repeat.

As we begin to act towards our goals, as we begin to prioritize what we’re doing as opposed to how we’re feeling about it, we’re going to be building momentum.

And before you know it, you’re going to have made some real progress towards those goals, in spite of any lingering imposter syndrome.

And the more action you take, the more you build up your own self-esteem and self-worth in this way, the less and less imposter syndrome is going to pop-up.

If you found this a useful tip, and know someone else who could benefit from it, I invite you to share it with them, or just even hit that little like button down below. I’ll see you next time.

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