Impostor Syndrome, what that is, how it impacts on your performance

Imposter syndrome is a mental trigger which people can self-sabotage. Imposter syndrome
creates professional barriers and hinders the individual’s development and performance.
This occurs when the individual creates a perception of incompetence or insufficiency that is
translated into the individual’s performance at work. Imposter syndrome also carries a
range of feelings arising from insecurity and low self-esteem.

Indeed in collaboration with YouGov conducted a study about current state of wellbeing of
Australian workers. The findings show that:
 “50% of workers are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months. 
 Less than one-in-four (23%) workers are ‘thriving’ at work.
 One-in-four workers (25%) say they have average or poor work-life balance.
 Nearly half of all workers (46%) say they have experienced stress and burnout in their current

According to the same article published on Indeed website on 09 October 2023:
“The research in this report was commissioned by The Communications Company on behalf of
Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 14 – 21 August 2023,
involving 2,013 participants.”

According to the same report, some of the tips to battle against the imposter syndrome are:
 “Practice mindfulness
Rather than battling with or believing the imposter thoughts, try gently observing the
inner dialogue without judgement instead. Take a few moments each day to simply

pause and follow your breath. In that moment of stillness, watch what’s going on in
your mind. By becoming aware of any thoughts of self-doubt and acknowledging that
they’re just thoughts – not facts – it’s possible to gradually let go of this self-limiting
pattern. This practice will help you become more aware of self-limiting beliefs and
allow you to challenge them with a compassionate and balanced perspective. Day by
day you can reframe your self-talk, acknowledge your achievements and replace the
self-criticism with self-compassion.”
 Acknowledge your achievements
Do you take the time to reflect on your accomplishments, both big and small? When
was the last time you acknowledged and celebrated your successes? Recognising
your achievements and efforts can help rewire your brain to focus on your
capabilities rather than dwelling on perceived shortcomings. Remember, you are not
an imposter; you are a capable, worthy individual who is working hard towards
achieving their goals.
 Embrace vulnerability
Understand that everyone, including your colleagues, mentors and superiors, face
challenges and moments of self-doubt. Embrace vulnerability by opening up and
sharing your experiences with trusted coworkers or mentors. You’ll often find that
others have faced similar feelings and can provide valuable support and guidance.
 Set realistic expectations
Avoid setting impossibly high standards for yourself. Instead, establish realistic,
achievable goals and break them down into manageable steps. If things don’t go
perfectly to plan, embrace a growth mindset by viewing your challenges as learning
opportunities and a chance to improve. This approach not only reduces the pressure
you’re putting on yourself but also allows you to track your progress, build your skills
and boost your confidence along the way. By mindfully meeting your imposter
thoughts, consciously paying attention to your achievements, opening up to others
and setting yourself up to succeed, you can not only overcome imposter syndrome
but also build a strong foundation of self-esteem that will empower you to thrive in
your workplace and beyond.”

The full report can be downloaded via the following link:

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

18 Apr, 2024

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