Defeat the Imposter Syndrome

Are you plagued by self-doubt no matter how much you accomplish? Many talented professionals in every field suffer from “imposter syndrome”—the fear that they’ll be revealed as incompetent if they make a single mistake. You can overcome it with this guidance from the Training Zone website:

Track negative thoughts. Learn to turn away from doubt in your abilities. When you think, “I can’t do this,” remember the times you rose to a challenge and succeeded. Refocus your worries into affirmations:

“I can do this.”

“I’ve done this before.” “People believe in me.”

Look for support. Surround yourself with people who are on your side. Pay attention to constructive critiques, but listen closely to people who know what you’re capable of and who value your contributions.

Focus on your purpose. Remember what you’re trying to do in your career—it's not just making money, but helping people, creating better products, building a better society, supporting your family, and so forth. This will help you make clear decisions without needless worry.

Don’t procrastinate. The longer you put off a task, the more time your doubts have to multiply. Tackle challenging jobs promptly. Completing them will reinforce your confidence.

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