I regularly hear from clients and former colleagues the following thoughts which I now associate with experiencing Imposter Syndrome. These thoughts can be debilitating and hinder performance for individuals and teams.
- I cannot fail because then I will be a failure
- No one can find out that I am no good
- Be perfect – I loathe those parts of me that are not perfect
- I should be able to do it all, every time, with ease
- Do not take risks
I coach clients to uncover and reframe these thoughts and the emotions that go with them, as I have done for myself.
These are my alternative thoughts to replace those above:
- Ideas may not work the way I thought – I am always worthy
- I am good enough for me and that is enough
- I am perfectly imperfect
- I stay curious, respect my attempts, and keep learning
- Risks bring Reward
I am happy to help your personal development through a complimentary discovery session to uncover and replace those underlying thoughts/beliefs about yourself.
What intentional thoughts could you use instead of experiencing the pain of imposter syndrome?