To put it simply, imposter syndrome is the experience of feeling like a phony—you feel as though at any moment you are going to be found out as a fraud—like you don’t belong where you are, and you only got there through dumb luck. It can affect anyone no matter their social status, work background, skill level, or degree of expertise.
I was asked to run a webinar on behalf of the Institute of Managers and Leaders. We had up to 1000 members registered, and I was the first speaker. There was a lot of marketing collateral supporting the event, and when I read the “blurb”, – I honestly just felt that there was no way on God’s green earth that I could live up to the promise.
Recently, I have had several personal challenging situations that have taken a toll on my confidence. As a result, a few days before delivering this event, I had this internal narrative of “Who the hell am I to suggest to these Managers and Leaders how to do their jobs better?” I decided that I would not try and “fake it until I make it” – but be real and vulnerable and acknowledge the massive toll that current events are having on all of us – including myself.
If it is not a global pandemic that is spreading uncertainty and chaos, it is the war in Ukraine threatening to destabilize the world OR more locally speaking – the floods in QLD and NSW literally robbing people of their homes, businesses and loved ones. I felt a great peace once I had made this decision, and the pressure to “perform” was lifted from my shoulders. It was really heartening to see that the participants’ feedback reflected that the webinar had “hit the mark”.
So, what can we take away from this? Imposter syndrome is a very real experience that many people, especially perfectionists, suffer from. Being true to yourself, trusting that your intuition, wisdom and past experience will guide you to deliver – is far more important than letting those “unproductive stories we tell ourselves” have so much power.
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