We hear about imposter syndrome so much that it might start sounding like nothing more than a buzzword. But, the truth is that it’s very real, and a lot of people suffer from it. Whether it’s landing that new job or client, then feeling like you’re underqualified, or being asked for advice from a friend or family member and believing your experience wouldn’t be helpful. Imposter syndrome shows up in a lot of ways.
But, the very last thing you want to do is allow imposter syndrome to derail you from your goals. So, let’s talk about how to keep you moving forward when you’re facing imposter syndrome.
Understand Imposter Syndrome
Since the term is used so frequently, it can become misconstrued, and myths start to appear. In order to tackle imposter syndrome, you’ve got to understand what it is. According to Wikipedia, Imposter syndrome is “a psychological occurrence in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.”
Now let’s talk about one of the biggest myths about this occurrence – that it’s not common and not a normal thing to feel. This is not true. In fact, there are studies that suggest up to 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at some point during their lifetime. So don’t feel worse by making yourself believe you’re alone in this feeling.
Prioritize Your Goals
Now that you have a better understanding of imposter syndrome, you need to understand how to stick with your goal even if you’re experiencing it. When we’re in the imposter cycle, what commonly happens is we stop serving ourselves. That includes our goals. This is a good time to start prioritizing your goals.
Ask yourself, 1) Which goals do you feel most capable of achieving or taking steps toward achieving right now? 2) Which goals are the most important to you? Once you answer those questions, make the goals that fit into the most important and most capable as your focus. Don’t try to work on every goal when you’re in the imposter cycle. With a plan in place, you’re more likely to make progress even when you’re feeling like a fraud.
As I previously mentioned, this is usually the time when we stop serving ourselves, which makes self-care all the more important. Putting on a mask that looks like you’re not struggling may feel comfortable for a short period of time might feel comfortable. But over time, this can lead to burnout and other issues. It’s okay to be honest with yourself and others so you can protect your energy. This is a part of self-care just as much as anything else. Be honest and allow yourself to work through your feelings of being an imposter.
This is a time to give yourself grace, reward yourself when you meet milestones, and move at a pace that works for you. Learn more about how important self-care is to your goals here.
Work with a Goal Accountability Coach
We talked about letting people know when you’re having these feelings, and while family and friends are a good start, you should also explore talking with someone who can help you. If you’re focused on your goals and don’t want to fall behind, consider working with a goal accountability coach.
As a goal accountability coach, I work with my clients to identify solutions, assist with goal prioritization, and create achievable action plans for any situation. So you can rest assured that you’re still getting closer to your goals even when you’re in the imposter cycle. Want to learn more about my services? Set up a complimentary call, and let’s chat!