66% of women suffer from Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a collection of thoughts, beliefs and feelings of inadequacy that persists despite evidence of success. According to a 2018 study by Access Commercial Finance 66% of women suffer from Imposter Syndrome, where self-doubt overrides any sense of achievement. It can also cause you to feel as though you are always waiting to be ‘caught out’ or that everything you have achieved to date has been a fluke or down to luck, circumstance or other people’s input. The most common causes are:

  • Self generated doubt
  • Being criticised
  • Needing to ask for help or assistance
  • Comparing yourself to others

In order to overcome this it is important to challenge any negative beliefs by understanding the root cause and then looking for evidence to counter them. Feel proud of any achievements, don’t discount or belittle what you have achieved. Keep a diary of achievements so that if that self-doubt starts to creep back in you have the evidence written down.

Let go of perfectionism. Most women who feel like an imposter are perfectionists; they are overachievers and always strive to be the best at everything they do. It is impossible to be perfect, a more helpful way to approach tasks is to strive to do your best and accept any opportunity for learning that can help you grow.

Accept criticism as feedback and the opportunity to learn. Don’t take criticism personally, often this can stem from jealousy. Simply thank the person for their feedback then let go of any associated anger or insecurity.

Learn how to delegate and ask for help. It is not realistic to try and manage everything yourself. Outsource those tasks that you don’t enjoy or find particularly onerous. There are any number of Virtual PA services out there now that will be glad to assist. This frees up your time to work on the aspects of your business that you enjoy. Asking for help is not a weakness and you won’t be judged for this.

Finally stop comparing yourself to others. It doesn’t matter how someone else’s business is doing or what they have achieved. Make it a priority to set your own goals and achieve those. Self development and learning will be far more useful than comparing yourself. Celebrate your uniqueness. Celebrate your success. Celebrate your achievements.

If you identify with Imposter Syndrome and want to work with me to overcome it then contact me and let’s get started.

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