Pretty much everyone experiences self-doubt from time to time, and that’s OK. What’s not OK is letting imposter syndrome and negative self-talk keep you from trying new things and achieving your goals. That’s the general gist of The Imposter Cure, a new book by clinical psychologist Dr. Jessamy Hibberd. Here are five of her best tips for stopping imposter syndrome in its tracks.
What Is Imposter Syndrome?
First coined by two clinical psychologists in 1978, Hibberd defines imposter syndrome as “a condition in which people believe they are not worthy of success and have a persistent belief in their lack of intelligence, skills or competence.” Who does it affect? Lots of people, specifically those who are successful, accomplished and, per Hibberd, “who have no obvious reason to feel insecure—especially those who find it hard to internalize their achievements or recognize the good parts of themselves.”
How Do You Keep Imposter Syndrome From Holding You Back?
1. Internalize Your Achievements and Recognize Your Strengths
Think about the last time you got positive feedback at work. You were probably really psyched for about three minutes, before moving on to the next project on your to-do list. In The Imposter Cure, Hibberd writes that when we don’t take the time to really celebrate our successes, it’s easy to forget how much we’ve already achieved. “When you internalize your achievements, this gives you a log of everything you have done, so you know your capabilities.” The more you become your own cheerleader, the less you’ll rely on external validation to feel good about yourself.