Impostor Syndrome: What’s That Self-Doubting Voice Inside Your Head All About? by Jennifer Coken
That nagging, doubtful, limiting, patronizing voice is your own. I’m willing to bet it’s crippling your thoughts and paralyzing your actions. Know what that means? It’s also disabling your power and impact. You know what else? It has a name.
Meet impostor syndrome. The mental jerk mooching off your mind and hijacking your belief system about your own awesomeness.
I would define impostor syndrome as a seriously unhelpful mentality that whispers spiteful, diminishing commentary. Those thoughts that keep you (and your leadership) from stepping into your true zone of genius. We come by it naturally and studies have even shown that it exists across gender, sexuality and socioeconomic status. I’ve seen it in my 20 plus years of coaching.
Everyone I have ever met – myself included – sabotages their greatness, throws a wrench in the works or downright avoids taking the first step when impostor syndrome is driving the bus. And when you want to make an impact on your company or community or the world, doubting yourself only limits you and acts as a barrier to getting there.
I encourage you to find out more about how impostor syndrome might be holding you back, because I guarantee you it is in some way. You can read more about impostor syndrome in this blog post or you can find out what type of impostor syndrome you have by taking this quiz.
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