Without a doubt, Imposter Syndrome is closely linked to confidence and self-belief. But there are fundamental differences between the two.
Imposter Syndrome is based on fiction. Imposter Syndrome means that you don’t feel as clever or as well qualified as anyone else – even though everyone else thinks you are. Imposter Syndrome also means that you believe that everyone else knows more about a subject – even though you know just as much as everyone else, and sometimes more. Imposter Syndrome means that despite your skills, experience, and qualifications, you just do not believe that you make the grade. When you feel like that your self-belief lets you down, you have little confidence in your abilities. But your lack of confidence is based on fiction, not fact.
When you are not affected by Imposter Syndrome and are just lacking confidence, there will be a genuine reason for it. That might be that you are doing a task for the first time, and you don’t have all the skills and knowledge that you need. You need some help to get yourself to a level where you feel proficient enough to feel confident. It might be that you are giving a presentation and you have not prepared adequately. You are worried that the tech may let you down or that you won’t be able to explain your slide deck fully because you have not practiced enough. Under those situations, a lack of confidence is normal and to be expected. That is a lack of confidence that is based on fact, not fiction.
When you know your subject, when people come to you for advice, and you wonder why on earth they have asked you – that is imposter syndrome. It is the lack of self-belief when, you are good enough, you are clever enough, and you know just as much as everyone else.
When we lack confidence for a genuine reason, we know that either we should have taken more action and didn’t. it, are doing something for the first time or are worried about something that we have little influence over, such as going live on social media and the tech lets us down.
When we lack confidence because of our Imposter Syndrome there is nothing more that we can do to improve our confidence level, even if we overwork or over perfect our work. We still don’t feel better about our work.
Experiencing Imposter Syndrome limits us. It stops us from being brave and bold. It prevents us from making the most of the opportunities. That’s why I specialise in Imposter Syndrome, so that you can learn to identify it and master it. To find out more,
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