Ever have an overwhelming feeling of doubt? Have you felt like people are going to find out you’re a fraud? Have you felt like a compliment wasn’t deserved? You might be one of the millions of successful individuals who feel like their success is a fluke. It’s called Imposter Syndrome, and it’s linked to feelings of doubt or insecurity.
Often after achieving a goal, receiving an award or accomplishing some great task, you might feel like you didn’t do enough to deserve it. There are many successful people that feel like they got lucky, and that’s why they’ve achieved success. Even famous people like Maya Angelou have suffered from the feeling.
Sam Tabar (crunchbase.com) knows that there are ways to overcome the feeling of being an imposter. First, you have to accept that it wasn’t a fluke. You had a major role in your success. You’ll have to own it. If you were handed opportunities, that means you were still instrumental in grabbing those opportunities.
Second, keep a file of the nice things people have said about you or to you. It’ll help reinforce the fact that you have real value to offer others. You’ll focus less on yourself and more on others.
Third, stop comparing yourself to other people. If you feel like you have something to offer others, then you do. Don’t envy other people their successes. You’ll have to go find your own, and when it comes to you, make sure you’re ready to accept that you deserve it.