Do you often look over your shoulder to see if anyone notices you don’t belong, even though you’re in a place you’re paid to be? Does the light of possible success have you feeling like a spy who will soon be found out and exposed?
Enter imposter syndrome.
Gail Mayer Jankovski says, “Regardless of our conscious beliefs, our fears can be hard to shake, and often run like gremlins in the background, poking at us from our subconscious, and causing us discomfort.”
Many assume that those grappling with imposter syndrome have failure as their biggest fear. And though it may look like that in reality, a bigger fear, for many, is the fear of success.
“Success is frightening because with it comes expectations, not the least of which is the expectation that that success will continue. We sometimes attribute small successes along the way to being the result of fluke or luck, and fear that we will be ’found out’ as unable to sustain greater success.”
Here are three by-products of imposter syndrome and how to overcome them:
“One might think that failure is the opposite of success, but, in reality, I think it is invisibility. Invisibility is comfortable, and safe, but it’s not particularly challenging or inspiring.”
To overcome this overwhelming feeling of wanting to be invisible, start focusing on your dreams- especially those goals that make you uncomfortable. Delving into uncomfortable dreams and aspirations can be confronting, but you will find the power within them that initially drove you away from them.