By now I’m sure you have heard of Impostor Syndrome, it’s the belief that you do not deserve what you have or you don’t belong where you are. The term was first coined by a team of psychology professors in the 1970s as a part of a paper called “The Impostor Phenomenon in High Achieving Women.” This term has since become well known among women who commonly feel like they are out of place in their workspace.
It is not uncommon to hear powerful, successful women tell their friends that they ‘feel like a fraud’ or that their success was just luck even if they know they worked really hard to be successful. This type of thinking can hurt your career and your business in the long run. If you market yourself as a knowledgeable professional, clients will not want to hear that your last successful venture was sheer luck.
You might find yourself in the same boat, thinking that you have just been lucky this whole time. Or maybe you find yourself nervous that a client or colleague will discover that you are a fraud and you are not really good at your job at all. It’s time that you change your mindset. One great practice to help you get your mind on the right track is meditation and mantras. You don’t have to join a yoga studio or sit and ‘om’ for hours. This practice can be as simple as repeating a phrase to yourself in the mirror several times each morning.
Here’s some Impostor Syndrome busting mantras to get you started:
- I am the [boss/manager/project lead] because I have the experience and skills.
- I am a well-educated, well-read, well-spoken professional and I can tackle any challenge that comes up today.
- I have the skills to make this business work.
- I am capable.
- I am smart, talented, and hardworking and I deserve to be successful.
- My place in this world is wherever I want to make it.
- I am able to tackle any problem that comes up today, mistakes are only lessons.
- I was promoted to [boss/manager/lead] because deserve this title.
- There is no one else that can be me and that is my strength.
- My background and experience make me the best person for this job.
- I overcame [hardship/challenge/struggle], I can do anything.
- I am able.
I hope this post was helpful for you – and know that you can change your life if you change your mindset.
Content courtesy of Ashley Marie Mireles, publishing professional based in California.
Contributing Author, Ashley Marie Mireles
Ashley Marie Mireles was born and raised in the heart of California’s Central Valley where, as a child, she spent much of her time in her local library. Her love of books lead her to a career in the publishing industry. Ashley loves to travel, try new foods, read, and learn the choreography from her favorite music videos as a form of exercise. She currently lives in Fresno, California, with her boyfriend of six years and their rescue pitbull.