What to do when you feel like a fraud at work
Imposter syndrome is real and can be crippling. But recognizing it and having tools to combat it are important.
It’s also helpful to consider the bigger influences that can contribute to feelings of being a fraud, such as internalized stigma or systemic biases. Focusing on facts versus stories can help, as well.
1. Focus on your strengths.
When overcoming imposter syndrome, it’s important to focus on your strengths. This will help you to feel more confident and will make it less likely that you will feel like a fraud.
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A leadership coach can provide a safe and confidential environment where you can discuss your doubts and fears, which will allow you to work through them more effectively. They can also help you reframe your thinking around your mistakes and encourage you to embrace them.
2. Learn from your mistakes.
For some, the fear of feeling like a fraud is so real, that it can cripple their productivity and prevent them from being as effective in their roles. But there are strategies you can use to overcome imposter syndrome – and they’re easier than you might think.
People with this condition often have a hard time asking for help or accepting constructive criticism. They also tend to be perfectionists, putting undue pressure on themselves to achieve everything flawlessly. These high standards can lead to burnout and depression over the long term.
It’s important to learn from mistakes and not take them personally. Likewise, it’s important to learn from your colleagues and find ways to collaborate effectively. This will help you feel more supported and confident in your abilities.
3. Find a mentor.
Having a mentor in the workplace can help you overcome imposter syndrome. A mentor can help you see your accomplishments from a new perspective, giving you the confidence boost you need to move forward.
Often people with imposter syndrome feel more overwhelmed when they’re alone, so it’s important to talk about your feelings. It’s also important to find a friend who can relate. Opening up to a peer about your struggles can make you feel less alone and may even encourage them to share their own experiences with imposter syndrome, further helping you to realize you’re not the only one.
Remember that taking on challenging, new projects is important for your career. Don’t let your inner impostor convince you that you can’t handle it.
4. Talk to a friend.
Often, the feelings of imposter syndrome stem from an underlying mental health issue. A therapist can help you overcome these feelings and learn to recognize when they arise. BetterHelp matches you with licensed therapists who can work with you to build self-confidence and a positive sense of worth.
If you’re struggling to get over imposter syndrome, try talking to a friend about it. You may be surprised to find that they also struggle with the same thoughts and emotions.
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5. Focus on the facts.
Feeling like a fraud at work is normal, but it’s not necessarily productive. Those feelings can be caused by a number of things, including anxiety and self-criticism.
If you’re feeling like a fraud, try to focus on the facts. Do you have the skills needed to do your job? Are you getting positive feedback from coworkers and managers? Are you improving at your job? Focusing on the facts can help you realize that your fears are unfounded.
In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of imposter syndrome and how to recognise its symptoms in themselves and others. They’ll also learn methods they can use to manage their negative internal dialogue and overcome imposter syndrome. This course is suitable for all levels of experience.