During a recent CBC radio talk show on Impostor Syndrome, a woman called in to say that after some deep personal inquiry work surrounding her own impostor feelings, she came to realize: ”I am good at what I do and I can allow myself to acknowledge that I am worthy of being good”.
What makes Impostor Syndrome a silent saboteur is that it often goes unrecognized and undiagnosed, even if someone is working with a therapist or coach. Impostor traits may present as chronic anxiety, low self-worth, perfectionism, fear of failure, abrasive personality or difficulties with working collaboratively. The way through? We live in a thought-related experience of reality. Fortunately we can learn to differentiate thoughts and become mindful of those that undermine confidence and worth.
Back to the subject of thoughts, and the 50,000 – 60,000 or so we have every day, from time to time a “negative” thought will pop up. A thought like “I should never had said that”. Instead of letting the thought go by (and briefly experiencing the angst that accompanied it), you might start “thinking about your thinking” and create a Thought Storm.