Have you ever landed a job where you pinch yourself daily while thinking - ‘How did I get here?’ or ‘When will they find out that I’m not qualified to do this?’. Have you ever had the feeling that one day you will walk into work and someone will be waiting as you step off the elevators to say “Well lady, the jig is up?” Then you, my friend, have experienced Imposter Syndrome.
I’ve been there. I’m a woman in the workplace and I’ve read all those empowerment books that tell us to lean in, take a seat at the table, say yes to new opportunities, take that training, get that certification and then you do all these things … and are successful! You get a seat at the table, then you get that promotion and then you get that bonus-but you always have that feeling that someone is about to find out that you have been ‘faithing it’ the entire time! You know - you said yes to executing a task when you knew only halfway how to get there. And then you said sure to chairing that committee when you had only ever done it once before (with a much smaller team).
Yeah, I’m taking more chances at work and there is that sinking feeling that someone is about to yell ‘busted!’, I keep working and making sure that everything is copacetic.
So, how does one shake this feeling? How do you get to a point where you feel more comfortable with yourself? My honest answer: you never really do!, However, you can get to a place where these feelings sit in the back of your mind and aren’t front and center in your daily thoughts. That’s honestly as good as it has gotten for me. How did I get there?
Remember this: You are worthy. You are right where you need to be. You are the person for the job.
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Three women going through life.