Whichever side of the imposter syndrome scale you’re on, the general sense of unworthiness and negative thoughts should not be ignored. Parekh suggests a few simple coping strategies.
1. Keep an accomplishment journal
Read or update it on a daily basis. People who suffer from imposter syndrome are always looking at what they have to accomplish to be good enough instead of assessing the evidence as to why they already have so much to be proud of.
2. Name your inner imposter
Give this persona a different name than your own so you can decipher between yourself and your negative thoughts. By doing this you can monitor what things “she” says to you on a daily basis, specifically around worthiness and the work you’re producing. And whenever a negative thought creeps in, ask yourself – is this me, or is this her?
3. Keep a journal or start voice notes
This will help you become aware of how negative and subconscious your thoughts are and then you can work to shift these beliefs.
4. Practise belief-bridging
The brain will do what it’s told so if you tell yourself “I’m not a good public speaker” this doesn’t leave room for the brain to think otherwise and only look for evidence to support this belief. Try instead to think “I’m open to seeing how I can be a good public speaker”. This will give you a subconscious reason to look for evidence to support this belief through conscious thought and/or journaling.
Text: Charlene Fang/Her World