Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Hey there! 1 post in the last month… so far I’m crushing this blog stuff, right? I would say I’ll promise to do better, but let’s not kid ourselves.

Last week, I got a pretty exciting piece of paper in the mail… I’m officially certified as a Nutritional Therapy Consultant! I have put in a lot of hard work into this, and I’m very proud of my accomplishment. The other side of this, is that I feel inadequate. I am still learning how to heal myself mentally and physically, because it is a long journey. I worry that I won’t be able to help others until I “fix” myself, and that think that I don’t know enough to help anyway.

In case you haven’t heard the term before, Wikipedia says that Impostor syndrome “is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’.”

This isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way, which probably tells you a lot about my self esteem. Last year, I was promoted to a team manager at my office job, and I still struggle with feeling like I am capable of leading a team. I specifically remember a moment at a company leadership conference, where I looked around in astonishment because it had just hit me that those people are my peers. Before that moment, I had technically known that we share the same title, but didn’t really count myself as one of them.

So, how do we overcome imposter syndrome? Lucky for you, I asked the Google, and found a couple articles with a variety of ideas:

10 Steps You Can Use To Overcome Imposter Syndrome
15 Ways To Overcome ‘Imposter Syndrome’ In The Workplace

I’m still waiting for that moment in this new world, the moment where I look around at other health bloggers, coaches, whatever it is I’m called, and realize that they are my peers. This is honestly part of what’s kept me from posting recently. I’m not sure what to write about because I feel like I’m not qualified to write educational posts, and I don’t necessarily want to make this about me and my issues.

I will of course be writing about both of these things, because that’s what blogs are for? I just let myself get too far in my head for a bit. I know one day I’ll be confident in myself and my abilities, and until then I’ll do my best to fake it until I make it.