Most of us suffer from imposter syndrome from time to time. According to the Oxford English dictionary, imposter syndrome is defined as “the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills.” I think this colloquialism captures more, too, such as not believing in one’s ability to do something one has not yet done, or at least not successfully so. Here’s what I think about imposter syndrome in a nutshell – it holds us back, and it’s bulls*it. We don’t have to fall prey to it.
Consider this truth (that I’ve shared before on the blog, and if you’ve worked with me, you hopefully understand this at a deep level): our thoughts drive our feelings. Our feelings drive our actions. And our actions inevitably create our results. This simple mental progression comes straight out of cognitive behavioral psychology and is also highlighted by many world philosophies.