I'm feeling like an Imposter

I have no idea what I'm doing. There are so many other people I can think of right now that should be in my position.

In the Moment

Most people experience moments of doubt, and that’s normal. The important part is not to let that doubt control your actions.

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The Secret Thoughts Of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

Don’t worry chaps, this one’s for you, too. Valerie Young, expert on imposter syndrome, lays out the facts when it comes to feeling like you’re blagging it, and creating success from this place of doubt.

 

Written by Valerie Young.

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Grounded with Louis Theroux Podcast (with Ruby Wax)

An insightful chat between everyone’s favourite documentarian, Louis Theroux, and mental health campaigner, author and comedian, Ruby Wax.

 

Honest discussions of envy, jealousy and overcoming struggles.

 

Check out the rest of the series, too. It’s really good.

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Thinking Your Way Out of Imposter Syndrome, with Valerie Young

Valerie Young knows a thing or two about imposter syndrome (she’s also written a book about it). Some say she’s the best in the biz.

 

In this quick TED Talk, she breaks down what imposter syndrome is and reveals some of the ways you can think your way out of it.

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Get Rid of Hypothetical Negatives

Hypotheticals are the worst.

 

It’s tricky we know, but try to shift your mindset from one that focusses on hypothetical negatives, to one that focusses on realistic positives.

 

If you go into situations, projects or ideas with a focus on what you can’t know or control, then all effort that should be spent on making great outcomes possible is wasted.

 

Focus on the positives that are possible, not on the negatives that could hypothetically happen.

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Get a Mentor

Many find getting some sort of mentor can make a huge difference to your motivation to learn and grow.

 

Reach out to someone inspirational that you know, or approach someone you don’t know, through social channels like LinkedIn and Instagram, and ask them for a chat.