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You are Not a Fraud – How to Overcome the Imposter Syndrome

Season 1, Episode 53

Hello!I’m Caneel

Dr. Caneel Joyce is a sought-after speaker, women’s movement maker, and startup culture builder. 

Do you ever feel like a fraud?  

Wondering if people will find out that you’ve been faking it this whole time?  

Have you had the thought…I’m not qualified to actually do this job or the position I have? 

This is Imposter Syndrome.  

Imposter Syndrome is when you believe you are not as competent as others perceive you to be and have feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success.  

You may be unsure of yourself, self-critical, paranoid, guilty, anxious, ashamed, or overworking in an attempt to make up this deficit. 

In all my coaching work, I’ve found Imposter Syndrome to be one of the most commonly experienced ways to suffer.  I’ve worked with amazing leaders who still feel like they are an imposter, even if it is their 5th time being a CEO and they have been a huge success every single time. 

On Allowed: Conscious Leadership and Personal Growth, I tackle the Imposter Syndrome and how you can unravel these stories you are telling yourself about your inadequacy.

You can begin to question these stories using techniques and exercises I have found useful for my clients.

Watch below now to learn how to lean into being okay with not knowing everything and use curiosity as your tool.

Today, we are tackling one of the most commonly experienced ways to suffer that I have ever come across in all of my coaching work, and it is something called the Imposter Syndrome.

The Imposter Syndrome is when you really feel like you are a fraud, and everyone might find out that you’ve been faking it this whole time, and that you aren’t qualified to actually do the job that you’re doing, to have received the rewards that you’re receiving, to be in the role or position that you’re in, or to have the confidence, success, happiness, or ease that you currently have. I’ve worked with amazing leaders who still feel like they are an imposter, even if it is their fifth time being a CEO, and they’ve been a huge success every single time.

So, if you are in a position right now, or you ever have been, where you have felt unsure of yourself, maybe self-critical or self-judgmental, paranoid, afraid that others can see through you, maybe you feel guilty or anxious about it or ashamed, or you might find yourself up all night long, or maybe you’re indulging in overworking in an attempt to make up this deficit, the work to do around this is on a psychological level by questioning your own stories.

In this episode, you can begin to unravel the stories that are leading to your own experience of the Imposter Syndrome by exploring some techniques and exercises I have found useful for my clients. Curiosity is always a tool that’s available for you to use, and it’s especially important when you feel like it’s not okay that you don’t know everything. That’s the time when you most need it.

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