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Dear Imposter Syndrome, we're breaking up!

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

As a first-generation Latina professional, I always thought I needed to prove myself to belong in spaces that don't show representation and diversity.

Let's be honest; that threat of needing to prove myself pushed me to work hard to not lose out on job opportunities and advancement. Although, rooting my discipline in fear and imposter syndrome does not allow me to feel secure and safe in being ME.

What does imposter syndrome look like?

Imposter syndrome refers to feeling inadequate or like a fraud, even when evidence suggests otherwise.

Some common signs of imposter syndrome include:

  • self-doubt

  • fear of failure

  • perfectionism

  • refraining from accepting praise or recognition for one's accomplishments

Imposter syndrome beliefs can show up as:

  • avoiding new challenges or opportunities

  • overworking to compensate for perceived shortcomings

  • feeling like an imposter in professional or personal relationships

More importantly, as women of color, it is important to recognize that the belief of feeling like an imposter is due to the lack of diversity. This organizational lack should not make us feel like we lack since we are not responsible for our field's social and political culture.

Why should you stop imposter syndrome?

Overcoming imposter syndrome is important because it can hold you back from pursuing your goals and feeling confident in your abilities. By recognizing your accomplishments and accepting that you are capable and deserving of success, you can break free from imposter syndrome and reach your full potential.

Why I am breaking up with "imposter syndrome":

"I am capable of growing in every environment and I will not be intimidated by calling myself an imposter."

How to be confident at work?

Here are a few tips to boost your confidence at work:

  1. Focus on your strengths and accomplishments

  2. Set achievable goals and work towards achieving them

  3. Take care of your appearance and hygiene

  4. Be prepared and organized for meetings and presentations

  5. Communicate clearly and effectively

  6. Take on challenges and learn new skills

  7. Accept feedback and use it to improve

  8. Surround yourself with positive and supportive colleagues

Remember, confidence takes time to build, so be patient and persistent in your efforts.

Connect with others experiencing the same desire to let go of "Imposter Syndrome"

I would love to have you join an upcoming Zoom Platica on how to build career confidence and move away from feeling like an imposter.

Register below for live webinar link and recorded session:

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