Have you ever felt like an imposter? Like it was only a matter of time before other people realised that you had no idea what you were doing and exposed you for the fraud you are?
Imposter syndrome is a fairly broad term for a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. And it turns out that once you start talking about it, you discover that ‘imposter syndrome’ is actually incredibly common – particularly amongst high-achieving women.
Joining me to discuss imposter syndrome is Jacqueline Jago, a Canberra-based Executive Coach who left a career in the public service to start her own coaching consultancy 18 months ago.
We chat about our own experiences of imposter syndrome and what we each do to avoid being controlled by the voices of self-doubt. Our conversation also covers other topics including gratitude and generosity and living and working authentically.
Listen below or via iTunes.
- Anais Nin quote – “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
- From “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver – “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
- Women’s Inspiration Circles Meetup (Canberra)
- My post on being an imposter which I shared at the Feminartsy Story Share on Motherhood earlier this year
- Imposter Syndrome – How Jane Austen Tamed the Tiger
- Stop Worrying and Love Your Imposter Syndrome
- The Guest House by Rumi
- Suzuki Roshi – “In [meditation] leave your front door and back door open. Let thoughts come and go. Just don’t serve them tea.”
- Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk on your elusive creative genius
- Dana Theus
- Eve Ensler’s TED talk on finding happiness in body & soul.
- CanberraWomenLawyers Lean In Circle
- ‘Step into the sunlight’ by Richard Glover
- Brene Brown