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One of the most common experiences of a young professional quickly climbing the professional ladder is feelings of self-doubt. Anyone in a new role may feel inadequate and stressed about being perceived as a “fraud” if caught with less knowledge than their peers. This psychological phenomenon, called “Imposter syndrome, “ is a persistent fear commonly amongst high achievers.

If left unchecked, this mindset can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, or even prevent further growth. These effects are why the following tips are essential to combat imposter syndrome and allow professional development in one’s career.

Recognise and acknowledge the feelings

The first step in dealing with imposter syndrome is to acknowledge that it is a real phenomenon and that you are not alone in experiencing it. By recognising and acknowledging the feelings, you can begin to take steps to address them.

Reframe negative thoughts

Negative and self-defeating thoughts often characterise imposter syndrome. Reframe these thoughts by focusing on your accomplishments and the contrast between where you started and now. Remind yourself that you have worked hard to get where you are and earned the success you’re experiencing.

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