Studies show that 85% of working adults feel inadequate or incompetent at work and 70% of people experience ‘imposter syndrome’ at some point in their career.
Imposter syndrome is the name given to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their success and accomplishments despite strong evidence to the contrary. Impostor syndrome often begins with an accomplishment, like a new job, completion of a degree or another competency or milestone.
One or more of these workplace indicators suggest that team members are prone to imposter syndrome:
1. Being a workaholic – working longer hours than everyone else, not taking time off, struggling to relax.
2. Being a perfectionist – never satisfied with anything less than perfection, struggling to delegate or micromanaging.
3. Being strong – never asking for help, being independent, not fully working with the team.
4. Being the expert – needing to know everything yet never knowing enough, constantly seeking more knowledge and facts.
Some people must doubt before they’re able to believe. Yet, you can have doubts without living a doubtful way of life.
Doubt is a way of responding, not a permanent condition. The goal is to sharpen the mind, not necessarily change it. If doubt leads to questions and the answers are accepted, then doubt has done good work. It’s when doubt becomes stubbornness and stubbornness becomes a way of life that doubt overrides faith.
Don’t settle into doubts. Move on from them to pose the question, get an answer, and push for a decision.
Fear is a dark shadow that envelops you and ultimately imprisons you within yourself. Fear becomes the expression of doubt and lack of self-confidence that gradually eats away at your motivation and paralyzes you so that you don’t act at all.
When you are fearful, you’ll continually look for visible signs. Signs are unnecessary if they only confirm what you already know to be true. Instead of looking for more confirmation, take action. Getting started is often the most frightening part of the task.