Episode 27: Use These 6 Strategies To Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Episode 27 Show Notes


What is Imposter Syndrome?

  • Oxford Dictionary as “the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one's own efforts or skills.”
  • It is an internal belief that you are not good enough to be doing the role you have.
  • It is a feeling that you will be tested at some point and you will fail to live up to expectations.


Early Warning Signs of Imposter Syndrome (Blog Post by Melody Wilding)

  • Inability to internalize achievements and downplaying accomplishments
  • Fear of being “found out” or being exposed as inexperienced or untalented
  • Avoidance of feedback
  • A reluctance to ask for help
  • Turning down new opportunities
  • Second-guessing decisions
  • Overworking to the point of burnout to prove you’re “enough”
  • Failing to start or finish projects
  • Strong feelings of insecurity
  • Overthink minor situations
  • Perfectionism
  • Emotions – guilt, shame, anxiety, fear and self-doubt
  • Negative self talk
  • Self sabotage


Use These 6 Strategies To Overcome Imposter Syndrome

  1. Understand Maslow’s 4 Stages of Learning ( We want to go from Conscious Incompetence to Conscious Competence. Recognize the deficit. DO NOT attach emotion to the deficit (shame, guilt, anxiety)
  2. Shift your mindset (fixed to growth)
  3. Admit to your team that you don’t know it all (Authenticity and collaboration)
  4. Remind yourself that you know what you’re doing (Googledoc: positive comments, accomplishments, PD)
  5. Grow your skills (agency)
  6. Clean up your self talk (Growth mindset language)


CLICK HERE for Growth Mindset Diagram

CLICK HERE for Growth Mindset Self Talk Poster

Melody Wilding Blog Post

inclusiveteach Blog Post

teachbetter Blog Post

acsd Blog Post

edtechteam Blog Post

CLICK HERE for Episode 2: Turn "Pedestal Kids" Into "Gritty Kids" By Implementing Growth Mindset

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