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Stop feeling like an imposter

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If you often feel like you aren’t as smart or capable as the other people on your team, you may be experi­encing imposter syndrome.

Oddly enough, most people who suffer from imposter syndrome are intelligent, skilled people. However, because they’re riddled with self-doubt, they belittle their accomplishments, refrain from sharing their ideas and commit other career-damaging actions. Don’t let self-doubt hurt your career. Follow this advice:

Don’t cover up your weaknesses. Devote your time and energy to improve your knowledge or skill in those areas. You won’t feel like a phony if you build your expertise.

Focus on what you’re good at doing. Everything doesn’t come natural to everyone. If after trying to build competency in one area, you still feel full of doubt, let it go and focus on your strong suits.

Assess your self-doubt. When you feel it creep in, stop for a minute and ask yourself “Is this self-doubt justifiable, or am I allowing my irrational fears or emotions to override logic?” Over time, the process will be automatic and you’ll experience fewer moments of self-doubt.

— Adapted from “5 Tips to Help Overcome Impostor Syndrome,” Bruna Martinuzzi, OPEN Forum, www.americanexpress.com.

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