Tips for Combating Imposter Syndrome3:19 with Michelle Zohlman
In this section, we will review tips that you can use when you experience Imposter Syndrome.
Imposter syndrome is something that may always be there, 0:01 come about occasionally or eventually disappear. 0:04 Regardless, we wanna share some tips to help you combat it. 0:07 Talk about it. 0:12 Sometimes it is helpful to just say what you're feeling and 0:13 speak it into existence. 0:17 It can be difficult to be vulnerable, but 0:18 also helpful to acknowledge when imposter syndrome is happening. 0:21 I personally have posted about it on my LinkedIn when it has come up for me. 0:25 Also, depending on who you're comfortable with, sharing it with a friend, 0:29 coworker, mentor or manager can help you by talking it out. 0:34 Write down wins and victories. 0:40 Okay, hear me out since this may sound silly at first. 0:42 It is important to track your successes over all, but 0:46 it can also help when you're feeling you are an impostor. 0:49 Saving projects or correspondences that show your success gives you a place to go 0:52 when you're feeling like a fraud. 0:56 Personally, I like to call mine smile files, 0:59 where I have saved shoutouts from coworkers and projects I've done well. 1:02 This smile file can be an electronic folder on your computer, or 1:06 you can print hard copies and put them in an actual folder. 1:10 Another option is to go back and look at your GitHub contributions. 1:14 [SOUND] When someone gives you reinforcing feedback, take it. 1:19 It is hard to accept compliments, especially when we think we're phony. 1:24 This may be a hard adjustment, but don't deflect or downplay. 1:29 Try to avoid saying things like, it's not a big deal or anyone could have done it. 1:32 Instead of deflecting, absorb that feedback, you earned it. 1:38 Try reframing your language and saying something along the lines of, 1:44 thanks I enjoyed working on it, or 1:48 I appreciate you saying that I worked hard to accomplish this. 1:50 Embrace your feedback and 1:54 acknowledge the hard work you've been doing to learn something new. 1:56 [SOUND] When someone gives you redirecting feedback, take that too. 1:59 I know this is a harder one. 2:05 Take a deep breath and remind yourself, you are receiving this redirecting 2:07 feedback because this person believes in your ability to grow. 2:11 They think enough of you that they are giving feedback. 2:15 Another way to think of it is that someone wanna give feedback if they didn't think 2:18 you were capable of growth. 2:23 That has made it easier for me to actually enjoy redirecting feedback. 2:25 We're lifelong learners. 2:31 Once you foster a personal culture of being a permanent learner, it will help 2:33 when you hit roadblocks, any sort of challenges, or even receive feedback. 2:37 Cut yourself some slack when you make a mistake, 2:42 it means you're learning, not a fraud. 2:45 Hopefully, some of these tips will be helpful in your journey and your career. 2:48 Most importantly, please remember that imposter syndrome is normal, 2:52 don't ever feel ashamed if you're experiencing it. 2:56 Look out for your peers at Treehouse and check in with folks who you work with. 2:59 A majority of people experience imposter syndrome in their roles. 3:04 Let's normalize it and talk about it. 3:07 Lastly, if you're looking for more information and 3:10 resources about imposter syndrome, check out the teachers notes. 3:13 Bye. 3:17
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