Tips to Help with Imposter Syndrome
Last week, we discussed the term imposter syndrome, its meaning, and the impact it can have on workplace safety. As we mentioned, these feelings of self-doubt can have a significant influence on an individual’s mental health and overall well-being. Therefore, today, we would like to offer some tips to help with imposter syndrome.
“Around 25 to 30 percent of high achievers may suffer from imposter syndrome. And around 70 percent of
adults may experience impostorism at least once in their lifetime, research suggests.”
Recognize your achievements
When struggling with imposter syndrome, it can be challenging to recognize what you have accomplished or what you are doing well. When you feel overwhelmed, or that you aren’t measuring up, take some time to reflect on your successes. Keep a record of everything you have achieved and make note of positive feedback or complimentary words you have received. Store this in a convenient spot so that you can reference it often, update, and use it to help acknowledge that you aren’t a fraud and celebrate your wins.
Acknowledge negative thoughts
Whether you struggle with imposter syndrome or not, it’s not uncommon to struggle with negative self talk. Often, we are our own worst critics and are far too hard on ourselves. Consider how you are speaking to yourself and consider if you would allow others to talk to you that way. Negative self talk can have many implications such as: mental health problems, increased stress, and reduced success. Challenge and reframe these negative thoughts by replacing them with positive affirmations and kindness.
Set realistic goals
In terms of goals, remember to be realistic and set ones that you know are attainable. Rather than setting yourself up for failure, set yourself up for success. Break down larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks so that you can feel a sense of pride as you make your way toward the end goal. Celebrate the victories you have along the way, and don’t stress when things don’t work out the way you had hoped. Remember, having goals is helpful, but they don’t determine your worth.
Embrace growth and learning
Continuous learning is imperative. In terms of safety, it is even more essential to embrace education and growth. As policies and procedures change rapidly and regularly, it is key to ensure you focus on the process of learning.
While perfectionism is a challenge for those with imposter syndrome, by prioritizing room for further learning you will feel more confident in your decisions and in yourself. Remember that you aren’t expected to know everything, and it is important to ask questions and seek clarification when needed.
You aren’t alone. A significant amount of people struggle with imposter syndrome, and similar feelings. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support from those you trust. Whether it be a family member, or someone in your workplace, speaking about your feelings to others can be a tremendous help. You may also want to consider connecting with a mentor or professional in a similar role that you can share your experiences with and offer guidance and perspective to one another.
If your feelings are overwhelming and hard to overcome, you might want to consider seeking out the support of a mental health professional.
Be patient with yourself and know that overcoming imposter syndrome is an ongoing journey.