Do you feel out of your depth; like a fraud, asking ‘who the hell do I think I am trying to be a part of this’?
This week’s show is all about Impostor Syndrome after a recent episode of Podcast Answerman in which Cliff Ravenscraft told anyone who was putting off podcasting because they were suffering from Impostor Syndrome to just crack on and title their first episode, I Feel Like an Impostor. Well this is episode 85 of Sheep Dressed Like Wolves and I still feel like an impostor so I thought I would follow Cliff’s advice and just do it with this one instead.
“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt” – Bertrand Russell
The good news is…if you feel like an impostor then you’re not one.
What is Impostor Syndrome?
Impostor/Imposter Syndrome is the feeling that you’re a fraud, and that any day now you’ll be exposed. You might think that everyone else knows what they’re doing, that you are punching above your weight somewhere you don’t belong.
I realised listening to Cliff’s show that I suffer from Impostor Syndrome in a great many areas of life, from being a musician, to being a friend, and even running this website/presenting the podcast.
I am not pretending to have this one sorted because, well I haven’t…but in this episode I invite you to think about 4 possible ways we can begin to re-frame our position in places we feel on the fringes/out of our depth:
1. Declare Ourselves to be What we Are
2. Forget the notion of Us vs Them
3. Keep a Record of Our Successes
4. Talk About Your Struggles and Vulnerabilities
Over to You
Question: Do you identify with the notion of Impostor Syndrome? Please leave you response in the comments below, I’d be interested to hear whether this resonates.