3 Ways to Out-Think Imposter Syndrome
You wake up. Today looks like a perfect day to get things done. The sun is shining. You had enough sleep for once. Everything is good for an all-systems-go kind of day right up until you try to get started.
Why is it you suddenly get derailed when you just wanted to get some work done? What happens which short-circuits your brain and drops you into the world of procrastination, avoidance, and a lot of feelings of defeat and failure?
The answer lies in Imposter Syndrome, and it’s out to make your life miserable. Imposter Syndrome is real!
Imposter Syndrome is the feeling you get when you think you’re not smart enough or capable enough to get the job done. It’s feelings like this that keep you from trying new things or working at old familiar tasks. It can cripple you outright unless you know how to out-think it.
- You start by thinking over a time when Imposter Syndrome was especially bad.
- Next, you’re going to revisit the memory, but instead of telling the story about you, you’re going to pretend it’s about someone else. If it helps, pick the name of a close friend to substitute. So if step one was “I felt like a failure when…” now it’s “Steve felt like a failure when….”
- Now you’re going to think about what you would say to your friend if they experienced this problem.
- Last, you’re going to take your advice.
- Think about body language. When you’re happy and relaxed, what is your posture? How do you hold yourself? Imagine what this looks and feels like.
- Now identify your current body language when you feel like a failure. How does this compare?
- Last, try adjusting your body position until it reflects a more happy and relaxed stance. How does this affect how you’re thinking right now?
- What are your thoughts when you’re experiencing Imposter Syndrome? Make a list of them.
- Now label your thoughts—circle negative thoughts in red, positive ones in green.
- Look for the common words. What recurring themes are there?
- Now take your recurring word and say it aloud until it no longer sounds like a real word anymore. This strips the power out of it.
- Repeat this with any of those negative words until they each become ridiculous or nonsensical to you.
While these techniques might seem a little silly at first glance, it’s incredible what happens when you invite this kind of intentionality into your thinking. What you’re doing is short-circuiting a thought process that never served you well in the first place. This knocks out Imposter Syndrome and does make a difference in how you think!
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