Some individuals at the height of their career suffer from Imposter Syndrome.
They are successful yet they feel inadequate. They look at their peers and think," I’m not as good as they are; I’m not cut out for this."
People with imposter feelings don’t think they deserve what they achieved in their business or personal life. They feel part of their life is fake or a fluke––even though the opposite is true.
Such feelings can be managed. They may not go away entirely, but they can be managed and suppressed.
An Imposter Syndrome sufferer’s first instinct is, “How can I make it stop?” But that's the wrong approach. If you feel yourself sliding into competence extremism, recognize it for what it is. Savor the mental high points try to forgive the lulls.
Impostor Syndrome makes you vacillate between extreme egomania and feeling that you’re a fraud and they’re on to you. Ride the egomania when it comes––enjoy it; know you’re not an imposter. Then cope with the negative feelings when they occur.
Feelings of faking it are usually associated with intelligence, diligence and, paradoxically, competence. Slackers, blusterers, and the genuinely incompetent rarely stress about being less or feeling fake. Refer to Kruger-Dunning effect.
Don't stress if you feel like an impostor or an interloper. You are in good company; your fears are probably misguided. Ride out the feeling; you’re not faking it.