Norah Mahony

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

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As a Success Coach, I come across so many people who want to hit their goals but they don’t have the faith in themselves.

That is a classic sign of imposter syndrome.

So what is imposter syndrome? 

You know that feeling when you’ve landed your dream job or client, but then you start to doubt yourself and think, “Wait, do I really deserve this?” That, my dear, is imposter syndrome! It’s like your brain is playing a trick on you and telling you that you’re a fake, even though you’re totally accomplished in what you are doing.

Imposter syndrome can affect anyone, from superstar athletes to rocket scientists. It’s like that annoying voice in your head that says, “You’re not good enough” or “You’re going to mess this up.” But the good news is, you don’t have to let imposter syndrome control you! With some tricks and techniques, you can kick that imposter voice to the curb and start feeling more confident and capable.

 It’s okay to doubt yourself at times, but it’s important to recognize that these feelings are not a reflection of your abilities.

I’m going to share ten techniques with you that you can use to overcome imposter syndrome and boost your confidence, it’s a powerful way to take back control of your thoughts and ultimately, your results.:

  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: Recognize that these feelings are normal and not a reflection of your abilities. Acknowledge your feelings and understand that it’s okay to feel this way.
  1. Reframe Your Thoughts: Try to focus on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives. For example, instead of thinking “I don’t deserve this job”, think “I got this job because I am qualified and capable”.
  1. Surround Yourself with Support: Seek out mentors, colleagues, and friends who can help you build your confidence and remind you of your strengths and accomplishments.
  1. Celebrate Your Accomplishments: Keep a record of your accomplishments and take the time to celebrate them. Celebrating your achievements will help you recognize your capabilities and boost your confidence.
  1. Practice Self-Care: Taking care of yourself is critical to boosting your confidence. Make sure to prioritize self-care activities such as exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep.
  1. Focus on Growth: Instead of focusing on perfection, focus on growth. Recognize that everyone makes mistakes and that they are opportunities to learn and grow.
  1. Seek Out Challenges: Taking on new challenges will help you build your confidence and demonstrate your abilities to yourself and others.
  1. Build a Support Network: Build a support network of colleagues, friends, and mentors who can offer guidance and encouragement when you need it.
  1. Practice Mindfulness: Incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine can help you build your confidence and feel more in control of your thoughts and emotions.nEven 5 minutes in the morning is a fantastic start!
  1. Be Kind to Yourself: Treat yourself with the same kindness and compassion that you would offer to someone you care about. Remember that everyone struggles with self-doubt and imposter syndrome at times, and that’s normal.

Remember, overcoming imposter syndrome is not an easy journey, but it is totally doable. By incorporating these techniques into your daily routine, you can build your confidence, reduce self-doubt, and feel more in control of your thoughts and emotions. 

Don’t forget to be patient and kind to yourself and to seek out support when you need it. If you do want some 1:1 support as you move through this, send me a message.

You got this!

Huge love.

Norah x