Who doesn't suffer from imposter syndrome? 💊
Have you ever had that feeling of not belonging? That feeling of not measuring up or wondering how you will handle a team with older and more senior professionals than you?
That feeling when you have to define the technical architecture of a big project from scratch, and you force yourself to do the perfect architecture that will last for decades, flexible, modular, scalable, secure… and then you think that what you did is not well detailed enough, and the team will think you are a fraud.
That’s Impostor Syndrome! Often, it makes you feel like you’re tricking your coworkers into thinking you’re good at what you do.
There is a reason why you may feel like an impostor at work: you are trying to carry out a new task, a mission that you do not know 100% how to do… And it is normal that it happens in that situation.
Do you think that if you work on the same coding problems or build the same API endpoints as 3 years ago, you would feel your belly tickle or that bitter feeling that you will not achieve it? NO ❌
It’s imposter syndrome because you are trying something new, and you don’t know what can happen or if the results will eventually come!
You are not the only one facing that. I’ve faced it several times, and many leaders and first-time managers also deal with it. The important thing is to be aware when the impostor is talking to you and defeat it! 👊
Here you are 3 tools that can help you to deal with it:
🏆 Enjoy the small victories. Recognize when you have done a good job, done something new, overcome an obstacle, so you start seeing a pattern of achievement.
🧠 Instead of saying, “I can’t do it, I have never done it,” wonder how you can do it. Sometimes we limit ourselves from the first thought because it looks complicated, or maybe our environment did not achieve it, and we believe that we can’t do it either. Start with how you can do it!
🤜 Push yourself to act before “you’re ready.” It’s important to realize that there will never be “the perfect time” to start or ask for something.
Which of them have you tried? Do you have any advice or want to share your experience dealing with Impostor Syndrome? 🎭
🎥 How do I help my team address imposter syndrome?
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📄 Overcoming Impostor Syndrome as a First-Time Manager
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🚀 Visualization Exercise
A way to deal with Impostor Syndrome is to use the power of visualization. It can help you to stick with your long-term goals and reflect on everything you decide.
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