3 easy steps t o feeling like you’re the real deal
Author Valerie Young’s do- this- today strategies for conquering inner doubt.
Consider the source Young recommends evaluating the situation you’re in—graduate school, perhaps, working as a woman in a scientific field—and giving yourself some credit. Recognize the pres
sure for what it is: a normal reaction to stress. “I want people to say ‘Of course I feel this way.’”
Reframe Young advises “imposters” to move away from a shame-filled approach to failure. “Say to yourself ‘Aren’t I entitled to make a mistake? I gave it my best shot.’”
Keep going regardless Don’t wait for your imposter feelings to change, cautions Young. Tell yourself every day that you are worthy and you deserve what you have worked for— even if you don’t believe it. “Play the movie that you want to live in your head,” she says. “Do
you want it to be Rocky or a disaster movie as you’re walking up to the podium?”