How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome & Self-Doubts

Symptoms of Imposter Syndrome

  • I feel like I don’t deserve any of the success that I have attained
  • Even if people praise my skills, I still don’t think of myself as skilled or accomplished
  • I never feel like I deserve the rewards that I get for my hard work
  • I fear that people will realize that I am not as smart as I pretend to be
  • Most of my accomplishments were just a fluke
  • I don’t like to accept compliments
  • I downplay my achievements because I don’t think that they are as good as people say
  • You may be afraid to ask for a raise or promotion than you deserve.
  • You may shy away from opportunities for fear that they will “expose” you.
  • You may overwork to compensate for what you see as deficiencies elsewhere.
  • You may struggle to make decisions for fear of messing up.
  • You may refrain from sharing your opinion fearing that others will think it stupid.
  • You may push other people away for fear that they won’t like you any more if they see the “real” you.

How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome?

Take note of your accomplishments

Take some time to sit down and make a note of all your major accomplishments, and what it was that allowed you to achieve them. When you allow yourself space to do this objectively, it will be much easier to identify the hard work that you put in, rather than assign everything to luck.

Don’t Compare

Comparing yourself to others can trigger self-doubt, as we believe that our accomplishments can never live up to theirs. But no two people are the same, so comparing tends to be a fruitless last.

Speak to Others

If you know that you don’t have a good vision of your skills and capabilities, try and get a better vision by talking to others and asking them what they think.

Separate Feelings from Facts

Once you have done this groundwork, you also need to work hard of catching yourself when those imposter feelings or thoughts enter your mind.



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Sabine Gedeon

Sabine Gedeon

Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant supporting Emerging Leaders ready to cultivate their leadership mindset and develop high performing teams