Feeling insecure about your abilities? Worried they might “find you out?”
Follow these steps to overcome impostor syndrome.
Build confidence by visualizing your success. Recall the times when you were successful. Now picture yourself accomplishing the task at hand. What do people say to you? How do you respond? What actions do you take? Think of it as your own adventure movie that you get to script, direct, and star in.
You were put in this role for a reason. Someone believed in you, so that someone might as well be you. Become your most passionate cheerleader. Saying good things about yourself helps you exude confidence. Find a positive phrase to tell yourself, whether it’s “I’ve got this” or “I am strong.” Whatever your mantra, stick with it.
Fake it ’till you make it.
Sometimes, you really are a little over your head. But that’s okay. It won’t be that way for long. Establish early wins. Network like crazy. Ask good questions. Seek out mentors. Observe. Note. Reflect. Act the part until the part becomes you.
Adopt a learning mindset.
Now that you’ve begun to make progress, commit to building on what you know. Continuing education. Regular check-ins with your mentor. Networking to learn from others’ successes and mistakes. Life is a journey. So is your work. Might as well enjoy the ride.