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Overcome Imposter Syndrome (Without Fighting It)

Let’s be super-honest: At a certain point in our careers, we’ve all felt Imposter Syndrome cloud our path with so much ease that we feel all our achievements so far and any feelings of confidence have been the outcome of someone else’s charity. That we are failing and we don’t know enough to take up a bigger, better challenge or reward. It’s defeating. I’ve been there too, and I admit it took me a while to overcome imposter syndrome.

So, if you’ve felt like you’re alone in feeling incapable or less than qualified, you aren’t alone. 

Here’s how I made my way out of THE IMPOSTER syndrome:

> First, I learned to be super honest with myself and others – this also applies to social media. When I realized there were SO many people experiencing the wrath of it like me, I knew there was no shame in just-being-yourself. Why would you, even for a fractional second, disown yourself to please someone else?

>> Then, I realized that the more excited I was about a project, the more I believed in it, the more extreme my feelings of imposter syndrome were. My feelings of self-doubt heightened with increasing levels of excitement.

>> Next, I accepted what I was feeling and learned to leave it as it is. Sometimes, you don’t really have to do something about those feelings; you don;t have to change them. You just have to accept them. 

>> I talked to my hype squad. And believe me, it has always been incredibly helpful. To have people amp you up even on the lowest of days – is a blessing. 

>> Finally, I sat and thought about my “why”. It fills me with purpose and clears any doubts I ever face about my journey or my experience.

Want to hear more? This episode of A Playful Podcast does NOT offer a step-by-step method to overcome imposter syndrome, nor does it talk about the science behind it. In today’s conversation, I share my personal journey through it, HOW it crept into my life, and WHAT I personally to overcome imposter syndrome

Here are some resources you should check out before you leave: 

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Kindergarten specialist turned curriculum writer. Mom, wannabe baker and lover of early 2000s Disney Channel (hello, Lizzie McGuire and HSM). Enthusiast of ponytails, pancakes and helping Canadian kindergarten teachers stress less by simplifying their planning and re-igniting their love of play-based learning. Here to help you take back your weekends and love teaching on week days.

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