Mirror, mirror on the wall, am I worthy of this all?
22nd December 2020
Derby’s finest recently hosted a great Professional Development event via Zoom which talked about Imposter Syndrome.
We’ve all heard the title, but do we actually know what it means?
It’s when an individual doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments. When they have an internalised fear of being exposed as a fraud.
It affects men and women. It affects people of all ages, backgrounds, and within all sectors.
It’s that fear of, “I must not fail”, “I should be able to do this quicker and easier”, “I have to do it alone”, “I’ve only got here due to luck”.
Let’s look at 2020 – hands up who has, on a personal and/or professional basis, had to adapt and add more tasks to their (no doubt) already full plate? And who has absolutely bossed it?
We’ve all had more worries, stresses, and found it hard to have to work outside of our comfort zone. And no doubt, nearly at the end of the year, absolutely exhausted from it all.
Before we implement the usual view of, “Oh, but I could have done that a bit better’, let’s own what we have achieved. Many of us will be finishing the year in a very different state of mind than how we started it.
Look back and think how far you have come, how much you have achieved, what a support you have been at work and at home.
And roll that into 2021 – not feeling like an imposter but owning your achievements. Surround yourself with role models and a culture which has the same mindset. Add structure of the environment you are in. Relate to similar people. Raise your hand and be heard!
Look after your mind, and the rest will follow.