It always seems to creep in when I least expect it. One day I’m doing fine, pushing through work, running my two businesses, being a Mum, a wife, and then BOOM… I get that feeling. The feeling that I have no idea what I’m doing, and someday everyone is going to figure me out. That my friends is impostor syndrome.
Sometimes I get that feeling when it comes to motherhood, other times it’s in my personal relationships, and often it’s about my work. I have the feeling that “I'm not good enough or smart enough or educated enough”. I feel like I’m not great at the Mum thing, and I’m just trying to fit in with the other Mums who are more patient and more organized. With my friends I sometimes feel like I’m not as caring or dedicated as they are, and soon they will realize the person they thought they liked really isn’t who I am. Often it’s work, when I start to question my value and I think that I’m not good enough to have a business, and soon everyone is going to see it.
Impostor syndrome is common for even the most successful people, but it’s a feeling that can be detrimental to your mental health and self worth. When you start to question yourself or your value, it’s important to have a few tactics in your back pocket to talk yourself through the feelings associated with impostor syndrome.