We at The Source discuss imposter syndrome a lot and are always willing to learn from others’ perspectives on the topic. This post comes from Casey Combest of Blue Sky Podcasting, who you might recognize as the producer of our Inside Source podcast. Thanks for sharing with us, Casey!
Imposter syndrome, the feeling of being a fraud or not deserving your success, has become a buzzword in various aspects of life. It’s a pervasive experience that almost everyone can relate to, and it’s a challenge that requires a healthy approach to manage effectively.
When you experience imposter syndrome, you have a choice in how to respond. Many people gravitate toward one of two unhelpful extremes: pretending or quitting. In this article, we’ll explore these responses and introduce a healthier way to confront imposter syndrome – embracing gratitude.
The “Fake It Till You Make It” Approach
One common response to imposter syndrome is to put on a facade of confidence. You tell yourself that you deserve your accomplishments and that you’re good enough. While this may work temporarily, it’s unsustainable. Constantly faking confidence can lead to emotional exhaustion and it doesn’t deal with the root feelings of inadequacy.
Pulling Back or Quitting
On the opposite end of the spectrum, some people react to imposter syndrome by giving in to self-doubt and fear. They feel that they don’t belong, so they retreat from their goals or quit altogether. Imposter Syndrome in some ways, puts them in their place. This response can rob the world of their unique talents and contributions.
The Healthy Approach: Turning to Gratitude
A more constructive response to imposter syndrome is to turn it into a springboard for gratitude. When you start questioning your worth or feeling like a fraud, don’t give yourself that pep talk or give up. Instead, redirect your focus towards gratitude.
Imposter syndrome can be a trigger for expressing thankfulness. Rather than denying your accomplishments or feeling unworthy, say, “Thank you.” If you’re a person of faith, express gratitude to God. Recognize that you may not feel deserving, but you can be thankful for the opportunities and blessings you’ve received.
This sense of gratitude becomes fuel for your creative fire. It enables you to handle the collision of your success and self doubt in a healthy and humble manner. You start to understand that you aren’t inherently better than others, nor do you deserve success more than anyone else. Instead, you’ve been blessed with opportunities. Whether you believe it’s a stroke of luck, the universe’s favor, or a higher power’s guidance, embracing gratitude allows you to appreciate your journey. Author Melody Beattie says, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough. When dealing with imposter syndrome, embrace the power of gratitude.”