“What if they find out I’m a fraud?”

Black and white thinking heightens Imposter Syndrome—that small voice that consistently says “You’re a fraud and one day they’ll find you out.” In other words it means that we somehow don’t have faith in our own feelings or identity.

Here are my 9 tips to tackle Imposter Syndrome:

  1. Perfectionism and unrealistic expectations feed the Imposter Syndrome. It’s best to tell myself that I can master what I do but I’m not necessarily the Master of it.
  2. Stop comparing myself with others.
  3. Tell myself I have the right to blog and help others.
  4. Keep on going, raise the bar and dig deep.
  5. I try to own and internalise success and achievement (however small they appear).
  6. Expose myself and accept vulnerability (painful I know.)
  7. Recognise that actually Imposter Syndrome exists (its power seems to diminish when you give it a name)
  8. “Fake it til you make it.”
  9. FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real. What evidence in my 57 years do I have that someone has said to me  “Aha—I’ve found you out…”

Do share your experiences and take care.