Impostor Syndrome

Banish the Impostor Sydrome Forever......

 Have you ever stopped and thought to yourself, why some people experience the Impostor Syndrome and others do not?

Would you like to know some ways to banish your self-imposed limiting barriers, that keep you from achieving your aspirations?


It can become quiet stressful when you are continually self-doubting yourself, thinking about your  inability to perform a task to expectations?

Maybe you think that you are a fraud, that you should not be the Women who is leading your team effectively, or starting up your own business.  You have been asked to speak at the upcoming Leadership Women’s Conference, and you start to doubt your ability and if you have the experience and  credentials to speak on stage, in front of your peers, colleagues and managers.

Yes these are signs of the self-doubting Impostor Syndrome! 

Impostor Syndrome occurs when you get out of your Comfort Zone 

Here is where it gets interesting, the Impostor Syndrome strikes hardest when you are within unfamiliar territory, then this inner voice known as the impostor Syndrome” will come out to see if you are really serious and to test your resilience.

It doesn’t occur when you do the same thing every day, and you can do that task in your sleep; therefore if you are experiencing the Impostor Syndrome, than celebrate because you are a high achiever and you are on your  path of personal and professional growth.

Continual Growth is your Foundational Pillar....

As a women in leadership to be able to lead with confidence, and continue your own growth is a foundational pillar that is necessary for you to reach high levels of achievement. Be a Women that others will admire and respect, simply by who you have become. Having the resilience that you show when overcoming unexpected setbacks and challenges, allows others to step up and follow your example.

Not only will you feel more fulfilled at work, it will also flow into your personal life. Feeling more connected to your family with that quiet presence that others are drawn to.

The Key is to Disrupt It .....

Along the way you will learn new lessons, develop your skills, create a strong mental mindset, and come out feeling a sense of achievement. This is your journey, and it all starts with taking a risk, and embracing your inner strength as a Women in Leadership

How painful would that be, just think about it, everyday you need to numb out, doing the same thing all day long.  Being in mediocrity for your whole working life?

Smile Confidently - You are about to Embark on an Exciting Journey...

 When these feelings creep in, instead of allowing them to take over, you stop and smile confidently, catch your breath, as you know you are going to be starting another exciting adventure that will lead to personal and professional growth. When you feel the anxiety and butterflies, tell yourself another story, embrace the opportunity in front of you, seize it immediately, as you have decided to play a bigger role in life.

Here are you tips that will help you banish the Impostor Syndrome forever

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Your Take-away Tips - Banishing the Impostor Syndrome Forever

Tip  1

Self- Awareness and Self -Reflection: Note when these feelings come up to the surface. Journaling is an amazing tool to get this out of your head onto paper.

What activity was it around? Who else is involved in the issue, is it just you or someone else? What brings these feeling on? Tap into your emotions along with your thoughts.

Tip  2

 Reframe the issue : Now that it is on paper, how can you remove the frame and put a positive spin on it. Reframing is a powerful tool, and it will completely change your perspective.

 E.g. I was attending a networking function and could not find a car park nearby, eventually I found one however it was quite a distance for me to walk.

Reframing the situation allowed me to look at it as at least I got some exercise in which I had been avoiding, instead of feeling anxious and frustrated about being late.

Tip  3

Talk about your feelings without holding back: Find someone who you trust. Put yourself in a safe environment to remove all the masks that you wear and to talk from your heart.

Allow yourself to acknowledge the feelings and set up your support person to simply listen and not try to fix you. You are not broken.

Tip 4

Consider the Context: For example, if you are not feeling confident about dong ………., then ask yourself where you feel confident in a different area. Remember if you are confident in other areas, it simply is because this is new to you.

Think of that confidence you have had previously, and reflect how it felt when you had overcome the barriers before you gained achievement in that area? Find supportive evidence to prove to you that you are a confident person.

Tip 5

Reframe mistakes and failure: You will make mistakes along the way, that is how we learn.

There will be times that you do not achieve the outcome immediately. Reframe Failure to “Simply Not Yet ……

“Everyone makes mistakes this is part of learning and growing

Tip 6

Be kind to yourself: Celebrate your wins and give yourself the grace of kindness. Treat yourself as though you were speaking to a child, who looks up at you with tears in her eyes, and you comfort her, letting her know that it will be okay.

Treat yourself with kindness,  and simply learn from your mistakes and move on quickly with courage and passion.

We change all the time, and having the ability to adapt to change is your greatest asset.

Take a minute to really think about the way you approach your work and your interests. Do you really believe you can grow? Or are you stuck in a fixed mentality?

Our careers, like our lives, are always changing, evolving, and growing. And we need to keep up with them if we do not want to be left behind.

Approach your career with a growth mindset?

It is time now to take action and become the Leader that is fearless. Embracing your own personal power that unleashes your Confident Voice with your uniquness.

Download the Activity Sheet below, and start to Lead with Confidence with poise, grace and confidence. 

About the Author Lee Stemm

I empower Women within Business and the Workplace to smash through any limiting-beliefs while applying the right strategic strategies to build a thriving online business or explore career advancement opportunities. To recognize your full potential and strengthen your inner-game to believe more and achieve more while making a positive impact aligned with your purpose and values. Be the Authentic Woman in Leadership within your business or in the workplace.

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