If you’ve ever felt like Holt's client — a pretender in your own skin — you're in good company. Academy Award winning actress, Kate Winslet, has been there, too. She's been quoted as saying: “I’d wake up in the morning before going off to a shoot, and think, I can’t do this; I’m a fraud.” Facebook executive and author of the bestselling book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, has also said she has felt the same way, according to an article in the New Yorker.
Most likely, your imposter syndrome feelings are unfounded. But, psychologists suggest if you’re growing and learning, you'll occasionally step outside your comfort zone. And your natural reaction is fear.
So, how can you learn to switch off the voice inside your head if it begins to feed those fears? Can you move to the next level despite your doubts?
Recognise self-doubt as part of personal development
When uncertainty in your own abilities arises, it's your inner "pirate" talking, according to Toulouse-based life and leadership coach Angela Negro. That pirate dialogue is part of the normal process of expanding your competence and skills. By learning to recognise your pirate, you can put him in his place.