Never let Imposter Syndrome dim your LIGHT!


There are several fun games and even TV shows with the entire premise of finding an imposter. However, feeling like an imposter is much less entertaining and enjoyable. Imposter syndrome is when someone feels like they aren’t as capable as others and are afraid that people around them know it, too.  

Most of us have experienced imposter syndrome once or twice or every single day. So, we must remember we’re not alone when we feel this way. In an article by the Harvard Business Review titled "You're Not an Imposter. You're Actually Pretty Amazing", they mention studies suggesting around one-third of young people and 70% of people overall experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives!

Let’s look at some ideas to challenge imposter syndrome and build confidence:  

1. Recognize that these feelings and stories we tell ourselves are not only common, they also are not true. Look back on your hard work and what you’ve accomplished. Acknowledge the feelings of inadequacy, name them, talk about them with a trusted friend, and take them to the Lord in prayer. When we ignore or suppress these feelings they don’t go away, they will linger and resurface (usually at the most inconvenient times). By bringing them to the light we can expose them for the lies that they are.

2. Ask colleagues and others who know you well for their perspective and constructive feedback.  

3. Do not compare yourself to others. We’re all on our own journey, chapter and verse.

4. We can always grow. Break down big goals into smaller, realistic goals, and attack one at a time. Look for professional development courses (*cough cough* > Dale Carnegie) and other continuing education opportunities. A leadership coach can also offer extra guidance by targeting areas to work on and accountability to follow through.

5. Bank achievements and accolades and keep them handy. Look through them on days you need a little extra boost.  

6. Progress over perfection should always be the goal. Be patient with yourself and track your progress so you can look back and see how far you’ve come.

More importantly, remember who you are in Christ: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10. We are each uniquely crafted in God's image, with a purpose to further His kingdom during our short time here on earth. Let us keep this in perspective as we pursue success in various aspects of life. Our feelings are fleeting and unreliable, God’s word is not. Never let your imposter syndrome and self-doubt dim the LIGHT inside of you!  

So go ahead, play the games and binge the latest episodes! Just don’t fall into the trap of feeling like an imposter yourself. Remember who you are, how you got to where you are, and that there are always opportunities to grow.  


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