You know what I mean. You tell yourself that people will find out that you aren’t as good as they think you are or you aren’t an ‘expert’, so who the hell are you to talk about X, Y or Z. Well, it’s a very common phenomenon with high achieving people, and often women, and is what psychologists call ‘Intellectual self doubt.’
The reason I decided to write this article is because this week I mentioned on my Facebook page that I was launching a new VIP BETA programme for ‘high achieving women’ to support them to manage their energy to perform consistently throughout the day so that they can feel good about themselves again and avoid overwhelm; Create days that are focused, productive and filled with activity that is important to them without the guilt so that they can have the financial and emotional success they desire, and time to enjoy it! As well as to create a lifestyle where they thrive emotionally, physically and mentally, which includes their work but they aren’t a salve to it, so that they manage the ‘imposter syndrome, that inner critic voice and feel confident in their decision making and action taking as a female leader.
And oh the irony!! I had high achieving women messaging me saying they would love to be part of the programme and yet, they weren’t sure if they were high achieving women!
WT… and it hit me. The women who need this the most, are the very women who won’t recognise themselves as high achievers because they haven’t got their hyper achiever saboteur under control!
It’s common for women leaders to not recognise how amazing they are (it happens for men too and they are less likely to admit it), which is why I want to run this programme in the first place.
Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, stated, “Being female means you and your work automatically stand a greater chance of being ignored, discounted, trivialized, devalued or otherwise taken less seriously than a man’s.” So, it might not all be in your mind why you feel like a fraud.
However, more often than not we create these feelings ourselves and I have faced my ‘Imposter Syndrome’ several times in the last 20+ years of working.
Read on for 9 Ways to Overcome this voice in your head.