If you are experiencing Imposter Syndrome at work, there are some simple ways to build your confidence and affirm for yourself that you deserve the success you have earned.
Find a Mentor
Many women reported seeking out advice from a trusted mentor when they feel uncertain about their job. A mentor should be able to objectively show you where your strengths are and support you when you feel out of place.
Since a big cause of Imposter Syndrome comes from a feeling of being othered by your peers, seeking out opportunities to work in a team can ensure you–and everyone around you–that you are on the same page and share the same overall goals. By working in a team environment, where everyone has an equal chance to speak and lead in their own way, confidence can more easily return.
When people can be their true, authentic selves, people are more comfortable wherever they are. If you are usually bold and decisive in your friend group but quiet and timid at work, consider carrying that confidence with you no matter where you are or who you are with.
Celebrate the Little Victories
When trying to “have it all”, many women can overlook rewarding themselves for small accomplishments. However, the survey participants ranked feeling valued highly among ways to combat Imposter Syndrome, and celebrating the little victories along the way can boost your confidence and can help push away the idea that your success was luck instead of the result of your hard work.
Allow Yourself Time to Relax
Many women in high-powered executive positions have gotten there by working very hard their whole lives. And when Imposter Syndrome kicks in, 57% claim to have been workaholics. But taking time to step away from work and to relax can give you time to step back and take stock of all that you have accomplished and allow you to return to work refreshed and confident.