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Combating Imposter Syndrome in the Work Place

I listened to an insightful discussion about imposter syndrome today via General Assembly's "Womxn At Work" panel discussion. A quote that I pondered was:

Is imposter syndrome a skill gap or the expectations we put on ourselves?

As an over-achiever and perfectionist, I struggle with this psychological phenomenon. When starting a new career, it can feel intimidating. Constantly having to prove your worth is exhausting. Please, give yourself grace! It’s okay to not know it all.

There is power in recognizing how you feel. Once you do, you can work through the internal self-doubt by taking action, no matter how small. Make a to-do list and check things off. Reach out to mentors! Spend some time learning a new skill by watching tutorials on YouTube. Remind yourself how amazing you truly are! Thoughts go a long way — they turn into action and energy. And that energy is magic!

It's so important to have a support system, too. There are people in your circle that will believe in you, maybe even more than you believe in yourself! Surrounding yourself with colleagues who uplift you shines bright on your productivity. Lately, I've been leaning on my career coach for support. It helps to talk to someone who gets it!

All-in-all, I learned that mindset is everything. Take a deep breath and remember why you are doing it -- probably because it makes you happy. And most likely because you are good at it.