(First appeared in WRAL Techwire.)
Today we’re bringing our series on impostor syndrome in for a landing! We’ve dug deep into the 5 various impostor archetypes Dr. Valerie Young identified in her book “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women.” If you missed out, you’ll want to check out the past articles to learn more about each archetype, including what each looks like in real life.
But today we’re zooming out to look at impostor syndrome from 30,000 feet. Generally, we default to our impostor archetypes when we’re feeling threatened, insecure or are questioning if we are ready for a new challenge. The question that rattles us so deeply is: “Do I really belong here? Do I have the right to be in this room?”
The following are four powerful tips that I use in my own life to help counteract this feeling of falling short or inadequacy.
As you consider strategies, I want to bring you back to the core question that often rattles us:
“Have I earned the right to be in this room?”
That’s the heart of it, isn’t it? And the answer is: YES. YOU. DO. Your voice matters. There’s nobody else who brings your perspective, your energy, your insight… your special blend of YOU. You didn’t get wherever you are today by sheer luck.
The room is better with you in it. I believe that. Truly. And you should too.