Imposter syndrome 🦸🏽♀️
January 4, 2020
It's a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud". It's this idea of not being good enough, smart enough, or talented enough and it's pervasive among the best of us.
Many people say it's completely normal, but why is this soul-crushing feeling normal? Why do so many of us attribute our accomplishments to luck rather than to ability?
It's because we're all imposters. You're an imposter and so am I.
You can't get rid of imposter syndrome because to be an imposter, is simply not being 100% sure it's going to work, but doing it anyways. Whenever we explore the unknown, there's no guarantee of success and this is the root of imposter syndrome. It's uncomfortable and it's scary and it's normal.
Fighting against the feeling is what makes you stuck.
But if you change your mindset from "I don't belong here" to "I'm an imposter in the service of others" and "I'm afraid in the service of others", it becomes less about you and more an act of generosity. It's about giving your time and serving others despite how unsure and afraid you may feel.
Stop fighting the feeling and embrace it. Spend less of your energy feeding the doubt, and more time leading with courage and doing the best you can with what you have.