Part two: 3 Ways Highly Successful People Handle Self-Doubt By Melody Wilding, LMSW

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How Highly Successful Deal with Impostor Syndrome

 

1. They recognize repetitive thought patterns and actively change their mindset

 

Out of the 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts we have every day, estimates suggest 98% of them are the same. This means your inner-critic is really a habit– a thought pattern you can get control of.

 

Start by identifying underlying beliefs (potentially rooted in childhood) that may make you feel as though you don’t deserve your success. Look for exaggerated, irrational, or unrealistic thoughts that come up again and again, and practice identifying common cognitive distortions that trip you up.

 

2. They get curious and ask questions

 

Your inner-critic is really there to protect you, so do your best to practice self-compassion. Take the questions it poses at face value and use them for problem solving.

 

For example, if your inner-critic is cautioning that you may not be ready to pursue a new career path, address its concerns constructively. Use it as an opportunity to honestly assess your skills and evaluate gaps you need to fill.

 

3. They don’t let fear get in the way of their purpose

 

We all experience worry and confusion in the face of change and uncertainty. It’s normal to be afraid. Our inner-critic will always speak up anytime we try to do big things no matter how positive we try to be. Hearing the voice of your inner-critic can mean you’re about to do something brave and important to you. No one gets the luxury of living without fear–not even confident people.

 

So, it’s time to start viewing your emotions — the good and the bad — for what they are: your greatest strength and most valuable tool.
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One response to this post.

  1. This letting fear get in the way of purpose is a big one. I have found that when we stay on purpose in-spite of the fear we are most often amazed. Great Post. Peace and Blessings

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