Imposter syndrome is a really fascinating phenomenon and while most research I’ve read points it to be an individual issue, from my experience, it stems from being in environments where my accolades and abilities are questioned because of other people’s pre-existing biases. I did not always experience imposter syndrome but after spending 90% of my time in industries and arenas steeped in misogyny and patriarchal systems I find it very hard to accept my accolades and expertise for what they are: Absolutely great and relevant.
Tonight, I asked Christina to read every one of the blog posts I wrote to make sure it’s “good” and “not too ranty”. She assured me it was all perfect, but I didn’t believe her. I love to write. I love to present, I love to teach and coach, I am a leader who’s spent the better part of her young life learning all that I can about being a great leader, and mentor to those in my industries. Rarely was I given the opportunity to do these things and I was often told I wasn’t ready for such things at a higher level.
While other people’s opinions of us are not everything, it can be difficult when industry leaders tell you you aren’t ready, or worthy. Convincing yourself that you are worthy can be a full-time job; I'm serious. I changed industries and have more opportunities than I’ve ever had before. I have people who encourage me to explore my strengths and try things out and it’s such a relief to feel supported to reach for that next rung on the ladder. Little by little my confidence is building but I still have these moments of doubt as we all do. Here are my top 4 tips on reducing imposter syndrome:
While everyone experiences imposter syndrome it’s how we move forward that is really important
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