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Imposter Syndrome Explained

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Hey there! So, let’s talk about imposter (or impostor if you’re in the US) syndrome, something that hits a lot of us, especially in the workplace. As someone who coaches mindset, I’ve seen how it can mess with the most capable and confident superstars of the modern workplace, and its not pleasant.

But no stress, we’ll break it down, and talk about how it messes with your nervous system, affects you at work, and how to tackle it in a chilled, relaxed way. Are you ready?

Alright, so imposter syndrome makes you feel like a total fraud, even when you’re smashing your goals left, right and center. It’s like your system is playing tricks on you, with the fear and anxiety parts taking over and making you doubt yourself big time.

“They know you are a fraud”, “It’s only a matter of time”, “I don’t belong here”, “I just got lucky”, “They’ll suss me out soon” and the list of things imposter syndrome tries to make us believe goes on and no. Sound familiar?

It’s all about the gut you see, my friend.

How the gut brain is responsible for imposter syndrme

Did you know that you have a brain in the gut that has the same number of neurons (nerve cells) that a cat has in its brain. They reckon it’s something like 500 million! Imagine that. It’s not something I have made up, it has been proven with data by neuroscientists.

This gut-brain you have within you is your director of COURAGE. It’s also the intelligence center responsible for determining who you REALLY are and for protecting you with boundaries.

So if your core identity (who you REALLY are) changes, such as where you have:

  1. Been promoted
  2. Become a new parent
  3. Recently married or in a new relationship
  4. Bereaved after the death of a loved one
  5. Moved house
  6. Hit a life milestone or age
  7. Moved employer
  8. Taken on a new role at work
  9. Experienced trauma
  10. Suffered an accident
  11. Had an illness

And thousands more examples, this challenges your core identity. The gut brain then kicks in with its big size12s to say “hey, whats going on, you are not who you were before, this isn’t safe and I need to keep you protected!”.

Then you will feel internally conflicted because part of you wants to explore and have fun with the new version of you and the protector in the gut-brain wants you to go back to where you were, because it’s safe.

This is how imposter syndrome is born.

How does Imposter Syndrome Show Up in Work?

In the workplace, this feeling can be mega tough. You’re supposed to be the one leading the pack, making big calls, but inside, you’re second-guessing every move, worried you’ll be found out as a total fake. It’s a real confidence killer and can hold you back from going after what you truly want.

Plus, it’s not just a personal thing. Imposter syndrome can totally mess with the vibe of a workplace. Imagine if everyone’s too scared to share their ideas or take risks because they’re deeply worried about looking like they don’t know what they’re doing. That’s a recipe for a stagnant, uninspired team.

But hey, here’s the good news: you can tackle imposter syndrome, no stress. As an mBIT coach and trainer, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve to help you chill out and shake off that fraudy feeling.

What you can do about Imposter Syndrome

First off, let’s get mindful about your breathing. Balancing your in and out breaths, while belly breathing, because it helps dial down those anxious thoughts. Try some simple meditation or deep breathing exercises to help you stay cool when imposter syndrome starts acting up.

Next, let’s flip the script on those negative thoughts. Instead of beating yourself up for not being perfect, deserving or worthy, remind yourself that it’s okay to mess up sometimes. Failure is simply a chance to learn and grow, not a sign that you’re a total imposter. You ARE where you are MEANT to be.

And hey, leaders, listen up! You’ve got a big role to play in all of this. By being open about your own struggles and creating a vibe where it’s cool to be vulnerable, you can help your team shake off imposter syndrome too.

So, there you have it. Imposter syndrome might be a sneaky little devil, but with a chilled mindset and some self-love, you can totally kick it to the curb. As an mBIT coach and trainer, I’m here to help you slay those inner demons and step into your power. You got this!

Ready to talk about banishing your imposter for good? Then book a call here and let’s see if working with me feels right for you and get you started on creating YOUR fabulous future.