3 Types of Imposter Syndrome & Ways to Overcome It

Ladies, let’s talk about something that many of us have experienced at some point in our lives: the notorious imposter syndrome. It’s that nagging feeling that we’re not as competent or accomplished as we appear to be. But fear not, for we have the power to overcome it! In this blog, we’ll explore three common types of imposter syndrome, share light hearted examples, and present fun ways to defeat it. So, grab your favourite drink, put your feet up and let’s dive in!

  1. The Perfectionist: Ah, the perfectionist! She’s the one who believes that everything she does must be flawless, constantly chasing an unattainable standard. But let’s face it, nobody’s perfect, and striving for perfection only leads to unnecessary stress. So, loosen those tight reins and allow yourself to make mistakes. Remember, imperfections are what make us human, relatable, and endearing.

Enter Morgan, a perfectionist who sets impossibly high standards for herself in every aspect of her life. Despite her tireless efforts and consistent delivery of exceptional work, she constantly feels inadequate and worries that others will discover she’s not as capable as they think. She dwells on mistakes and unrealistically expects perfection in everything she does.

So…What can we do about it?

The “Imperfect Creations” Challenge: Gather your friends for a creative challenge where you intentionally create something imperfect. Whether it’s a painting, a craft project, or even a goofy dance routine, the goal is to embrace the process rather than focus on perfection. Have a good laugh at the end, celebrating the beauty of imperfection and the joy of simply enjoying the moment.

  1. The Expert in Disguise: This imposter syndrome variant often affects those who believe they’ve fooled everyone around them into thinking they’re experts, despite feeling like they’re just “winging it.” They fear being exposed as frauds, even though they possess valuable knowledge and skills. Take a moment to acknowledge your accomplishments and recognise that you deserve your achievements.

Meet Liv, a highly accomplished professional who has consistently excelled in her career. Despite her impressive track record and numerous accolades, Sarah constantly doubts her abilities and fears being exposed as a fraud. She downplays her achievements and attributes her success to luck or external factors, never fully internalising her accomplishments.

So…What can we do about it?

Organise a “Show and Tell” session with your closest friends. Each person can share something they’re passionate about or a skill they excel at, followed by a mini-tutorial. By showcasing your expertise in a supportive environment, you’ll gain confidence in your abilities. Remember, you’re not an imposter; you’re an expert in your own unique way!

  1. The Comparison Queen: The Comparison Queen is no stranger to imposter syndrome. She constantly measures her success against others, assuming they have it all together while she’s just pretending. But here’s the truth: everyone’s journey is different, and we all have our struggles. So, put on those blinders, focus on your own path, and celebrate your personal victories, no matter how small.

Kyla constantly compares herself to others. She scrolls through social media, witnessing the highlight reels of people’s lives and professional achievements, which triggers feelings of inadequacy. She questions her own worth and abilities, believing that everyone else has it all figured out while she’s just pretending to be competent.

So…What can we do about it?

The “Inspiration Swap” Book Club: Create an “Inspiration Swap” book club with your friends. Each person chooses a book that has inspired and empowered them on their personal journey. As you read and discuss the books together, you’ll gain insights, learn from each other’s experiences, and celebrate the diverse paths to success and fulfillment. Remember, inspiration is abundant, and by sharing it, you inspire others while celebrating your own unique journey.

Imposter syndrome may try to steal your confidence, but armed with strategies & a positive mindset, you can overcome it. Embrace your imperfections, recognise your expertise, and stop comparing yourself to others. You’re amazing just the way you are! So, let’s banish imposter syndrome and embrace our brilliance together. You’ve got this, sister!

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