There’s a voice in my head. It’s pretty much always there, and some days it’s louder than others. Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it shouts.
You might have it too. It’s that sneaky voice that makes you doubt yourself. Even when you know you are more than capable of doing something, that little voice sometimes says you can’t.
You feel exposed, like everyone else knows more than you, or is better than you, and worse – they know that too. Or if they don’t, then any minute now they will find out.
Imposter syndrome is a reality that affects almost everyone. You might be surprised how many people feel just as you do sometimes.
Because many high achievers share a dirty little secret: Deep down they feel like complete frauds – their accomplishments the result of serendipitous luck. (www.themuse.com)
Fake it till you make it
Now, you know that the sneaky voice is almost certainly not right … right?
And even if you’re not quite sure, that old technique of fake it till you make it isn’t just for pulling the wool over the eyes of people around you. It’ll also help convince YOU that you really do know what you’re doing.
If all else fails, a confident tone and a winning smile can go a long way. If someone asks a question and you don’t have a great answer, buy yourself some time. Saying, “I’ll get back to you in an hour… ” means you can hit Google for some info.
Above all, stay authentic. You might not always feel confident, but people believe in you because you do know your stuff. So don’t lose that trust by bluffing. You don’t have to have every answer, every time. But you wouldn’t be where you are now if you didn’t know how to help the people around you so find out what you need to know and stop worrying so much.
Every time that happens, you learn a little more, grow a little in confidence, and stop feeling so much like an imposter.