Career Anxiety-Imposter Syndrome
*How often have you felt a “knot” in your stomach during a work meeting or event, where you are the center of attention?
*When you are called upon to present a topic to your colleagues do you cringe at the thought?
*Do you often compare yourself to your coworkers?
*Are you an overachiever or perfectionist?
MY DEAR YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING IMPOSTER SYNDROME.
The idea of Imposter Syndrome implies that you feel or think you’re not good enough in comparison to others.
Often times this is experienced by those that are in a new position or role. However, more seasoned employees and/or supervisors have also experienced Imposter Syndrome at some point their careers.
Ladies who experience Imposter Syndrome may also experience the following:
- Self-doubt/ being unsure of your skills & abilities
- Feeling like you don’t belong.
- Fear that you won’t live up to others expectations.
- Sabotage your own success
- Setting (often challenging or unrealistic) goals….then feeling a MAJOR let down when you do not achieve those goals.
- Settling for less than desirable jobs or roles.
- Deciding not to pursue a promotion or advance your career.
Many believe that Imposter Syndrome is a personality trait of anxiety. There are several ways to reduce the symptoms of Imposter Syndrome:
- Reframing your thoughts
- Adjusting how you respond to challenges
- Realizing that you are human (as well as your coworkers) and are prone to learning-curves & mistakes.
- Learn that constructive criticism is not a personal attack, but a way to help strengthen your skills.
- Seek out therapy or coaching to address concerns.
Remember a variety of people in all stages of their career have experienced Imposter Syndrome. However, you do not need to suffer in silence. Find a trusted mentor or more seasoned coworker to speak with. Share your thoughts and feelings with a trusted friend, family member or therapist. Remember you are not alone, there is support to help you feel like the dynamic employee that you are or wish to be.
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