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Feel Like a Fraud? Here’s How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

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What do JLo, Michelle Obama, Jodie Foster and Maya Angelou have in common? At some point or another, they’ve all felt like impostors. That’s right. Fakes. Frauds.

If you’ve ever felt like a fraud — like every accomplishment you’ve ever made is just a fluke and someday people are going to find out — clearly, you’re in good company.

“Impostor Syndrome” affects a whopping 70% of us, according to research. While this fraud feeling is universal, it tends to hit women the hardest. Why?

Shame always shrivels when you share it out loud.
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Because as women, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups, it’s easy to look around and feel out of place or like we don’t belong. Socially, we’ve been conditioned to self-deprecate and downplay our abilities. Which can lead to low self-esteem and self-sabotage that adversely affects every sphere of our lives.

Because when we internalize that message—that we’re not the “real deal”—we suffer major consequences. Not just emotionally, mentally or creatively. But financially. I’m talking smaller careers and smaller bank accounts.

In this episode, you’ll learn six strategies to stop Impostor Syndrome, before it stops you. These strategies will help you heal chronic self-doubt and low self-esteem while building genuine confidence.

It’s time for you to make the contribution you were born to make.

Check out this episode on The Marie Forleo Podcast

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Now, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments, tell me:

  1. Have you ever felt like a fraud? If so, shout it out in the comments below — we need to strip the shame that comes with feeling like a fraud and realize how universal it is.
  2. What strategies have helped you steer clear of Impostor Syndrome? For bonus points — what’s a fun, go-to mantra you can use in those clutch “I’m feeling like a fraud” moments?

Share as much detail as you can. Countless souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story about impostor syndrome may be just what someone else needs to have a breakthrough.

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Got a friend, client or colleague that suffers from impostor syndrome? Share this post. Not only will they thank you for it, but you’ll have one more person to add to your fraud squad.

Thank you so much for reading, watching and adding your voice to this important conversation.

Your thoughtfulness and energy make this one of the most supportive and encouraging communities in the world!

All my love,

XO

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