How to Deal With
It's that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, when things are going well. That doubt that appears in your mind, when you should be celebrating that promotion at work. That sudden panic in your head, when you're starting your new job. Do I really deserve to be here?
Trust the faith that other people have and see in you
Allow yourself to celebrate your achievements fully
Recognise those feelings and work through them
A little while ago I caught the end of an episode of a TV show, where one of the lead characters work had been plagiarised and she was trying to explain to the person who had stolen her work (albeit comedically), why they weren’t experiencing imposter syndrome. Simply put, because they were the faux imposter. They were receiving accolades and awards for the work she had done and this really is one of the simplest ways to look at imposter syndrome. More likely than not if you are experiencing some form of ‘why do I deserve this/should I be here?’ it’s more than likely you do deserve these accolades. It seems the syndrome is a natural human reaction that most of us have experienced, even just subtly and one that the more I see others talk about, the more I recognise it's relatively commonplace. Nerves, self doubt, anxiety - all horrible feelings but feelings that keep us on our toes in small doses and keep us driving forward in the end.
These images were taken on a press trip to Barcelona with the wonderful Pronovias team.