First identified in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, Impostor Syndrome is defined as “the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one's own efforts or skills.”
In practical terms, it can also present itself as you not applying for a certain job because you don’t think you have enough experience or the right skills, or feeling like you don’t deserve your current role and that everything you do isn’t quite good enough.
But according to Executive Coach, Leila Rezaiguia, who is the Co-Founder of Kompass Consultancy and Head of the Academy of Executive Coaching UAE, there is a way to get over Impostor Syndrome and stop second-guessing your professional worth.
“Be honest and embrace vulnerability; sharing your emotions and how you feel about yourself with people you trust will help you develop your self-worth and self-confidence. If you’re open about your struggles, you will quickly realise that most women have the same fears that you do, which you’ll agree are unfounded,” she tells Grazia.
Her top tip? Visualisation techniques.
“If sharing isn’t your preferred way, try replacing your negative thoughts about yourself with positive ones so your feelings and actions change – because what you think, you become! Visualisation tactics are also proven to be helpful. Visualise your success and put a structure in place that will help you stay focused on your positive impact.”
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