Have you given much thought to Impostor Syndrome? It’s that feeling that you don’t really belong, aren’t really worthy or skilled, or that you’ve only gotten lucky when it comes to your successes. Many people suffer from Impostor Syndrome, but based on some of my recent conversations, I wonder if might have gotten worse for many of us since the pandemic began.
It makes sense that it would. We’ve been home for long stretches of time hiding behind our screens and devices, seeing people far less over the past few years. It’s only natural that we’d start to feel less confident in social situations as well as high stakes interactions.
While hanging around in sweatpants does increase our comfort, you have to admit that it doesn’t do a lot for our confidence. So, it’s logical that self-doubt would begin to creep in over time.
The good news here is that we can change our mindsets and begin to reverse any pandemic-related feelings of Impostor Syndrome. To do so, here are a few of my favorite tips:
- Go to a business or professional event (in person). Whether you realize it or not, somewhere deep down, you probably really miss these live experiences. When you are surrounded by a group of professional people, you tend to feed off of their energy and soak in their confidence. Go get out there!
- Read more. Nothing makes me feel more confident than learning about what’s happening in the world around me and brushing up on new skills. Doing so can help pull you out of your funk, too.
- Go into the office (even if you don’t have to). I know. I know. Working from home is nice, but going into the office and interacting with others can make you feel like a part of the bigger picture and more in-the-know with workplace happenings.
- Strike up a conversation with a stranger (or two). It’s likely that you have lost or weakened some of your social and communication skills over the last couple of years. It’s okay. We all have. Work on getting them back by starting a conversation with someone you don’t know (while out on a walk, on line at the store, or at an event). Your self-esteem will thank you for it.
- Dress the part. You’ll always feel better and more confident when looking and dressing the part. Pay extra attention to your wardrobe and give yourself that little extra boost in terms of grooming. When you look good, you feel good, too.
Don’t let Impostor Syndrome hold you back. You’ve got this!