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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

What is Imposter Syndrome? It is the continuous fear of not living up to expectations. People who struggle with this doubt their skills, talents, or accomplishments and have a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as frauds.

Despite contrary evidence of the opposite. Those experiencing Imposter Syndrome do not believe they deserve their achievements. It is most likely the result of multiple factors, including personality traits and even family background. One theory is that imposter syndrome is rooted in families that value achievement above all else. Around 25 to 30 percent of high achievers may suffer from imposter syndrome. And around 70 percent of adults may experience this phenomenon at least once in their lifetime, And research suggests Imposter Syndrome doesn't always stop at feeling fearful or even fraudulent but can have mental, physical, and emotional impact including depression, anxiety, lower job, school or sports performance, and burnout.

Ways Athletes Can Overcome...
  • Use Visualization

  • Consider the Evidence

  • Set Realistic Expectations

  • Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

  • Cultivate Self-Compassion

  • Seek Support & Talk About It

  • Embrace Your Successes

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