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You're not as good as they think - overcoming Imposter Syndrome

I have written 11 books, but each time I think, ‘uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’” - Maya Angelou

What was the first thing that came into your mind when you read the title to this email "You're not as good as they think". Was there a moment of recognition within you, a familiar feeling?

Well today I'd like to dive into something many of us can relate to – imposter syndrome. It is that little voice in your own head that whispers, "You're not as good as they think". It's the self-doubt that creeps in, making you feel like a fraud, especially when you're doing well. But guess what? You can absolutely conquer it.

First of all, let's understand what imposter syndrome is all about. It's like an invisible backpack of self-doubt you're carrying around. It makes you question your achievements, making you think it's all just luck or a fluke, when the truth is – you've earned every bit of your success.

So how can we overcome it? Recognition and rewiring. A simple thing you can do when those feelings of self-doubt pop up, say, "Hey, I see you, but you won't control me." Then, flip the script. List your accomplishments, big and small. Remind yourself of the times you faced challenges and came out on top. This is like arming yourself with evidence against that harsh inner critic.

A second thing is to remind yourself that you are not alone. Reach out to your close network – your mentors, colleagues, friends. The chances are they've felt these feelings too. Talking about it not only helps to normalise the experience but can also offer fresh perspectives and strategies for dealing with it.

And last but by no means least, be gentle with yourself. Treat yourself like you'd treat a good friend. Understand that we all get it wrong sometimes, it's part and parcel of personal growth. Instead of beating yourself up for not being perfect, use setbacks as stepping stones. After everything you've been through, you are very resilient – remind yourself of that!

Impostor syndrome might seem real at the time, but you're the one who is actually in control. Acknowledge it, arm yourself with your achievements, lean on your support network, and be kind to yourself. As a woman leader, you're carving your path and owning your story. And remember, you've got this!

If you want to know how strong your self-worth is as a woman leader, take this short quiz and find out more.

Until the next time, stay true to yourself,


Lis Cashin (She/Her)

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