Everyone at some point has gone through Imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome for those who don’t know is when someone doubts themselves despite their achievements. This is common when you start something new. At first, you get really excited, create a consistent schedule, and then you hit a block. Regardless of how big that block is, it makes you question your identity around the project you are doing. It may seem difficult to go through in the beginning but it helps solidify your plan with the project you are partaking. The most important thing to remember is that the roadblocks are meant to make you better. They are there to keep you mentally in the game. Below we will share some advice that can help you overcome imposter syndrome.
- You won’t be at your 100% all the time: While most of your days may be consistent good, you will face some difficult and challenging days. These days are there to help measure your mental toughness and clarity of your overall objective. You may not be at your “best” every day but it shouldn’t stop you from getting what you need to get done.
- Everyone was once a beginner: Anyone who is an expert in anything once started out as a beginner. They had the roadblocks and doubts in their journey too. The saying goes it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert right? Don’t feel the pressure to become an expert overnight, treat each day as a stepping stone and soak in as much information and feedback.
- You are a lifelong student: Just because you are an expert at something doesn’t mean the learning is done. As technology evolved, industry evolves. There are always new techniques out there that people are discussing. This is why yearly industry conferences are a thing. In order to stay ahead and grow in your project seeking supplemental education through online courses and seminars will serve you in the long run.
If you have gone through imposter syndrome, we would love to know how you were able to overcome it in the comments!
Lots of love,
Jasmine and Phrieda