3 easy steps t o feel­ing like you’re the real deal

Au­thor Valerie Young’s do- this- today strate­gies for con­quer­ing in­ner doubt.

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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.’”

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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.’”

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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?”

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