Own your successes.
Failure to acknowledge your own success is self-defeating, and people suffer from this lack of self-acknowledgement.
It can be helpful to intentionally spend five minutes each day writing down five things you did well. If you find this difficult, ask a friend or colleague to assist.
Remind yourself of the facts.
Imposter syndrome thrives on misinformation regarding your achievements. Take time to challenge beliefs you have that negate your success. For example, if you are thinking, “I don’t deserve this promotion,” challenge this thought with facts that prove you do deserve the promotion.
Perhaps say “I met my productivity each month over the last year. I have never missed an appointment or meeting.”
Talk to yourself kindly.
Get in the habit of positive self-talk rather than putting yourself down. Talk to yourself with the same encouragement and compassion as you would a friend.
You can also save emails and cards from others that acknowledge your abilities. When you feel your confidence waver you can also remind yourself of your successes in other areas of your life, such as, “I’m a great friend.” or “I’m a hell of a cook.”
Find social support.
Imposter Syndrome thrives off of secrecy. Share your worries and concerns with trusted friends, colleagues, family members, etc. Many other people will share similar difficulties and would appreciate your openness and support.
Ask the person you confide in to help you acknowledge your strengths and objectively evaluate your performance.
Know what to avoid.
A common and understandable response to Imposter Syndrome is to work harder and longer. However, there this creates long-term risks such as burnout, stress, insomnia, work-life conflict and poor job satisfaction (Hogan et al., 2016).