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  • Writer's pictureJill Matthews

Stay Confident in Yourself

How do you mange that little voice inside that say you are not good enough?

I read this is called imposter syndrome. I can manifest differently in different people. I understand it can be triggers by things that remind you of what started these feelings. Remember back to when you first felt like a fraud. Where were you? Who was with you? What was said to you at that time? What thoughts were running through your mind? What made you feel like a fake?

Understanding these triggers is crucial because imposter syndrome can have a negative impact on your happiness and self-confidence. Knowing them can make a big difference in managing imposter syndrome effectively.

There are several common triggers for imposter syndrome, including:

  • Low self-confidence: Lack of confidence is the most common reason for feeling like an imposter. If you struggle with low confidence, it may contribute to imposter syndrome.

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone: When you push yourself out of your comfort zone, such as taking on a leadership role, getting a promotion, or speaking in public, imposter syndrome may rear its head again.

  • Rising through the ranks quickly at a young age, it's natural to feel like an imposter. For example, getting a big job advancement and being the youngest employee can cause a feeling that you do not deserve this..

  • Being in the minority: Feeling like the you are the only one in a situation, such as being a woman in a male-dominated field, can also trigger imposter syndrome.

  • Being the first or only person like you: If you are the first or only person in a particular situation, such as being the youngest or the first woman to do something, it can contribute to feeling like an imposter.

  • Childhood experience, such as the way your parents taught you to view success, such as having money is evil or something similar.

  • Bullying or harassment: Sometimes adults can act like children in the workplace and this can make you feel like an imposter.

Recognizing your imposter syndrome triggers can empower you to combat it and not feel like a fraud or fear being caught for not knowing what you're doing. It can help release negative thoughts and allow you to acknowledge and celebrate your hard work and achievements with confidence.

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