So, you’ve found a great job and you’re actually doing really well in it. However, for some reason you don’t quite feel like you deserve to be where you are. You feel like this is a mistake, and you’ve somehow tricked everyone here into thinking you belong. And they will soon find out you don’t! What you’re feeling is called imposter syndrome and it is very common among successful people.
Unfounded as it is, imposter syndrome is one symptom of success that may actually catch you by surprise once it hits. It can make you paranoid, guilty and anxious. The thing about it is, 9 out of 10 times it is based on nothing! To clear your mind of your mistaken assumptions, remember these things.
Many people applied for this job. You were chosen
If you didn’t deserve to be here, wouldn’t that make every single person who interviewed you, reviewed your work, and mentored you grossly incompetent? You were chosen for good reason.
Trust the people who believe in you
If you respect and admire the people who have helped you along your career path, do you really think they’d make a mistake this big? What’s more likely—you’re doing a good job, or all these people have no idea what’s going on?
Another thing to think about is how much credit you’re giving yourself as a liar and trickster by not giving yourself credit for your actual work. Did you try to trick anyone into thinking you were better than you are?
If not, do you think you’ve pulled a gigantic con on the intelligent people around you entirely by accident? Are you that much of a genius at lying? Or is it more likely you’re just good at your job?
Imposter syndrome can make you feel like you’re walking on pins and needles everyday of your work life, but most of the time it’s totally illogical! You are as good as people who believe in you say you are. Believe that as you strive to become even better!