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  • Writer's pictureEmily Mitchell

Battling Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome. If you are a consultant and have never experienced full-blown Imposter Syndrome on the regular are you even a consultant?

Out of curiosity, I checked with Urban dictionary had to say about it, because it's usually much more amusing and well, they pretty much nailed it-

When someone who believes their own accomplishments were simply because of luck, tricking others into thinking they are intelligent, or timing. When in reality they did them on their own. It's most seen among people who are in higher education or high-achieving jobs.

What I didn't realize is that Imposter Syndrome would follow me and maybe even get worse as I ventured out on my own.

To combat it, I'm using the acronym FIRST:

-Fail forward. The agile way. Imposter syndrome sneaks up most when I think about everything imploding on me. Remind myself failures happen and are okay, just fail forward.

-Ignore the inner critic. My inner critic is old and cranky and I would never be friends with her in real life.

-Reminisce about past accomplishments. Tell yourself the truth about all the hard work it took to make things happen in the past. Write down compliments and atta boys and put them somewhere you can see them as a reminder.

-Stop and breathe. Take a walk, step away, pray.

-Talk to others. Find your people who know your accomplishments and are cheering for you. Tell them your thoughts.

Don't forget to be awesome!

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