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How to deal with Imposter Syndrome

How to deal with Imposter Syndrome - the fit foodie

Do you truly believe deserve to be where you are?

Feel like your always 'winging it'?

Wonder if you can actually pull off the new project / job / work for a client that you said you could?


We all deal with it: feeling of inadequacy, self-doubt and paranoia about others thinking we're something we're not. You think people value your skill set more highly than it should be. You think you've over-sold yourself or people have too much trust in your abilities.

It's ALL garbage. Stop with the trash-talk.

Here's my top tips for beating imposter syndrome so you can own your awesome:

1. Embrace it

If you feel like your experiencing imposter syndrome, chances are you're actually awesome at what you do. How many useless / incompetent / frustrating people have you met in your life that have been remotely concerned with their performance? Nada. The face that you even care that you're out of your depth and spend time self-evaluating puts you head an shoulders above many. Being pushed out of your comfort zone is how you grow - it's a learning opportunity. Lean into it.

2. Prep Yo'self

If you're freaking out about something new, a bit of extra prep can go a long way. Watch some YouTube videos, follow someone who is expert in that field, read some articles, or rock up to the office a bit earlier to observe others and fine-tune your work. It will help soothe your nerves if you can properly anticipate what's required. All you really need is confidence, everything else will flow.

3. List your Achievements

List everything you've done at work that your truly proud of. Save compliments you've received. Take a note when your boss gives you a high five. When you're lacking confidence, return to this list and pat yourself on the back. You've clearly got this, babe. You wholly deserve to be where you are.

4. Talk it Out

Each out to your mates and trusted colleagues to air your views. Imposter syndrome is probably your best-kept secret but forcing your inner-critic to speak up is often the best way of silencing her.

Even the most accomplished people suffer from imposter syndrome - you're not alone. It's time to leave that BS behind and trust in your ability to grow and adapt. Own your success babe - you got yourself here, all on your own.

Sal xo

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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