Signs Of Imposter Syndrome: Do You Use These 5 Phrases?

signs and phrases of imposter syndromeLearn to recognize the signs and phrases of Imposter Syndrome and how to replace self-doubt with affirmations to truly value your achievements. It’s time to overcome fear and embrace your abilities and efforts.

We’ve all had that stomach-churning sensation, a blend of self-doubt and anxiety, creeping in just as we’re about to step into the spotlight.

Maybe it’s during a presentation. Or when you’re handed a leadership award. Perhaps you feel it when someone praises you.

You brush it off externally with a sheepish smile. But internally, there’s that nagging voice whispering, “You don’t really belong here, do you?”

If you relate, this is the classic calling card of Imposter Syndrome.

Imposter Syndrome isn’t just your run-of-the-mill self-doubt. It’s a persistent belief that, despite evidence of your abilities, skills and talents, you’re a fraud… and will eventually be exposed as such.

Who’s most susceptible to Imposter Syndrome?

From college students to CEOs, many people secretly harbor this fear of being “found out.”

Contrary to what you might think, it’s not the underachievers who struggle most.

Often, it’s…

  • the high-achievers
  • the perfectionists
  • those venturing into unfamiliar territory

Basically, it often strikes those who are seeking to raise the bar on themselves.

Why do people get Imposter Syndrome?

The reasons are multifaceted.

  • For some, it’s rooted in childhood experiences. Perhaps growing up in an environment where high achievements were always expected. Or where criticism was the consistent norm.
  • And for others, it’s navigating a field where they feel they’re in the minority or don’t traditionally “belong.”
  • Yet for many, it’s just the age-old human condition of doubt – magnified!

Now, before you start thinking, “Great, I have it, now what?” …here’s the beacon of hope.

The first step in stopping Imposter Syndrome is recognition.

By acknowledging its presence, understanding its roots, and challenging its narratives, transformation can begin. And I’m here to help you to do just that.

I’m writing this article because I’m a leading Behavioral Change Expert,  the bestselling author “Think Happy” and founder of The Anxiety Cure Course – which is a therapist-recommended online program.

Coming up I will break down some the most common phrases people with Imposter Syndrome say.  Then, I will share a more emotionally healthy affirmation to start saying instead. Together we will rewrite your story!

Signs of Imposter Syndrome: 5 Phrases People Use

Let’s deep dive into those common self-deprecating phrases you might catch yourself saying. And hey, let’s flip the script while we’re at it.

1. “I think maybe…”

Swap it for: “I believe…”

Couching your statements with “I think maybe” is like trying to swim with floaties. Sure, you won’t sink, but you’re not truly diving in. Own your opinions. Dive deep, and feel the splash.

2. “It’s probably nothing, but…”

Swap it for: “I’ve noticed that…”

By saying “probably nothing,” you’re devaluing your insights before they even have a chance to shine. Trust in what you bring to the table. What you have to add to the conversation or meeting is more than just a mere garnish – it’s nutritious food for thought.

3. “Sorry, I’m rambling.”

Swap it for: “Let me clarify that…”

Apologizing for speaking? Come on! You have a voice! Use it. If you feel you’re going off-track, steer back. Don’t just abandon ship.

4. “I just got lucky.”

Swap it for: “I worked hard – and it paid off.”

Look, sometimes we do get lucky – like when you find a dollar on the street or score the last slice of pizza. But when it comes to your achievements, it’s not just about Lady Luck. It’s about blood, sweat, and that relentless spirit. Own your efforts.

5. “They probably just felt sorry for me.”

Swap it for: “I earned my place here.”

Turn that narrative around. You’re not just filling a quota or riding coattails. You’re a force in your own right. Be proud of all you’ve done to get what you’ve gotten.

Recap on Signs Of Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome might have been an uninvited guest in your life for way too long. Time to show it the exit. If you’re done playing host to this intruder and are ready to reclaim your narrative, and learn to love who you are, let’s chat.

Work with me in 1 on 1 coaching sessions to strengthen your mindset. And explore my therapist recommended program The Anxiety Cure Online Course.

Think happier. Think calmer.

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