Three Tips to Help You Overcome Impostor Syndrome
What's the one thing that is keeping you from walking in your purpose? I'm willing to bet that it has something to do with feeling like an impostor - feeling like you're not good enough, not smart enough, feeling like you don't have the degrees or the qualifications needed to do what God has called you to do. For a lot of people, including myself, impostor syndrome is the greatest thing holding us back from walking fully in our purpose.
Impostor syndrome is a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. In other words, it's the belief that you are not capable or qualified even though you have a list of accomplishments that prove otherwise. Sound familiar? If it does, it's time to change that. Here are three tips to help you overcome impostor syndrome:
1. Write down every good thing that someone says about you and remember to constantly affirm yourself
At first you might feel a little cocky or conceited writing down every compliment or "good job" that you receive, but it will come in handy when you're having those moments when you just don't feel good enough. They are little reminders that someone somewhere believes you are great at whatever it is that you do. On the other hand, it is important to not NEED constant compliments from other people and to be able to affirm yourself. Start with "I am..." statements including "I am capable of achieving all of my goals", "I am everything that God says I am", etc. You can also look online for positive affirmations that you can repeat every morning.
2. Take the time to actually look at and internalize the amazing things that you've done
It is common for people with impostor syndrome to not take any time to actually acknowledge their accomplishments. They are so busy looking for the reasons why they are a "fraud" or "phony" that they can't see the millions of reasons why they actually belong where they are. In order to overcome impostor syndrome, try writing a list of everything that you've accomplished and keeping it somewhere close. That way, whenever you feel like you aren't qualified you can be reminded of everything you have accomplished thus far.
3. God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called.
If you struggle with impostor syndrome, you have to let go of the belief that you need to be perfect or have everything together. If you look at the people that God used in the Bible, none of them were perfect. Having flaws or past mistakes does not make you any less qualified for the work that you are doing. You have been chosen by God for this very thing, and He wouldn't have chose you if He didn't believe He could use you. If you want t walk with Him, you also have to learn how to trust Him.
Do you struggle with impostor syndrome? Do you have any tips for others that often feel like an impostor? Feel free to share in the comments below!