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Imposter syndrome: how to kick it to the curb
25 Jun 2024 | Words by Star People

You worked hard, aced the interviews, and landed an exciting new role at a great company. Congratulations! However, you may soon start to feel a nagging sense of self-doubt and fear that you don’t truly deserve this opportunity.

This is known as imposter syndrome and it’s extremely common. Studies suggest nearly 80% of us experience it at some point in their careers. Even an outwardly successful high achiever can feel like a fraud who has simply been good at faking it so far. If left unchecked, imposter syndrome can hold back your ability to perform at your full potential and sabotage promising careers.

The good news is that imposter syndrome is something you can overcome with the right strategies and mindset adjustments. Here are some tips that can help:

1. Recognise that you’re not alone

Remind yourself that imposter syndrome is extremely common, especially when starting a new role. Many of your colleagues have likely experienced similar feelings, even if they are outwardly projecting confidence.

2. Keep a file of your achievements

One of the best ways to counter negative self-talk is to create a physical record of your skills and accomplishments that you can refer to. This could be positive feedback, performance reviews, awards, impressive projects you’ve worked on, etc.

3. Focus on areas for growth

While it’s important to take pride in what you’ve achieved, strive to continuously learn and improve. Having a growth mindset and setting goals to expand your knowledge and expertise is empowering.

4. Find a mentor

Mentors can validate your capabilities, give advice, and help you gain perspective on overcoming obstacles throughout your career journey. Don’t be afraid to ask someone you respect to be your mentor.

5. Change your inner dialogue

Notice when your inner critic pipes up with harsh, irrational judgments like “I’m not good enough”, or “I got lucky.” Counter these thoughts with objective evidence that contradicts your doubts.

6. Share your feelings

You may be relieved to find that other successful people in your network have wrestled with imposter syndrome too. Discussing it can normalise the experience and allow others to be vulnerable.

Starting a new job is always challenging, but imposter syndrome doesn’t have to hold you back. With self-awareness, hard work, and the right mindset, you can quiet your inner critic and excel in your new role. We’re rooting for you!

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