Will the real physician please stand up
For many people, imposter syndrome is a real and persistent experience that can affect confidence, performance, and well-being. Imposter syndrome can manifest as self-doubt, fear of failure, perfectionism, and overcompensation. It can also be reinforced by external factors such as biases, stereotypes, and social comparisons.
As a professional who has faced imposter syndrome at different stages of my career, I want to raise awareness and offer some tips for overcoming or managing this challenge. First, it’s important to recognize that imposter syndrome is a common and normal reaction to new or challenging situations. Many successful and accomplished people have admitted to feeling like imposters, including Nobel laureates, CEOs, and athletes.
Second, try to separate your feelings from the facts. Just because you feel like an imposter doesn’t mean you are one. Look at your achievements, skills, and qualifications objectively, and celebrate your strengths and accomplishments. Don’t compare yourself to others or set unrealistic goals.