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A lot of corporate professionals today fear failure and dream of success in their respective fields. However, success brings with it another set of challenges as well. When success knocks on your door, so do problems related to that success. Sometimes these problems may manifest as jealous co-workers, higher levels of stress and feelings of loneliness and isolation.
However, the most insidious of these challenges come from within. Studies by various publications have shown that about 70% of professionals face Imposter Syndrome at some point in their careers.
Simply put, Imposter Syndrome is a nagging, constant feeling of inadequacy. Corporate professionals who are otherwise very successful in their careers may internally struggle with chronic self-doubt and may even believe that they are a “fraud” who “got lucky”. Usually, these negative feelings are nothing more than lies told to oneself with no real basis in actual fact.
Imposter syndrome is a fairly widespread challenge faced by successful professionals. Some of the most common signs of Imposter Syndrome include:
Dealing with Imposter Syndrome on a daily basis can have a very negative impact on one’s confidence, limiting their ability to go after new opportunities as they feel unqualified.
An inability to embrace success can cause you to feel like you're not adequate, you don't have a place, or you are undeserving. However, it is important to remember that making and learning from mistakes doesn't make you a “fraud” – it makes you human! Rather than questioning yourself, use the tips listed above to rebuild your self-confidence and self-esteem. Celebrate your successes and remember that you are here not because you fooled someone into believing that you are competent, but because you actually deserve to be here. And if you need it, you can always reach out for help from trained counsellors.