How to Overcome Feeling Inadequate

At some point or another most of us have experienced some feeling of anxiety that we are not good enough, that we didn’t earn or deserve something and we will be exposed for it.  This is called “impostor syndrome”.

What is impostor syndrome?

Impostor syndrome is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.

This syndrome causes overthinking, overanalyzing, second-guessing yourself and worrying about being judged.

What can you do to overcome these feelings?

  • Focus on your accomplishments and what you have to offer.
  • Embrace challenges.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others.
  • Accept who you are and celebrate all your successes.

Ask yourself the following questions:

Who am I?

Why do I feel like an impostor?

Does my career really define me as a person?

Does what I do for a living, conflict with my core values or my personality?

When at work, what I am feeling like inside?  What I am portraying on the outside?

Am I truly fulfilled? If yes, why? If no, why not?

Am I happy and satisfied with my job duties and work progress?

Do I enjoy going to work each day? If yes, why? If no, why not?

What makes me feel motivated to get up each morning with excitement?

Is it time for a change?  If so, what is holding me back?

We often don’t recognize are gifts and talents, which may not come naturally for others. This is what makes us successful.  Don’t discount yourself, you are unique, capable and you are not impostor.

Call to Action:

Take your answers to these questions and start focusing on what makes you unique and talented.

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