Imposter syndrome

3 Steps to Ditching Imposter Syndrome

“I think they’re really overestimating my capabilities. Sooner or later they’ll realize I’m not that perfect,” said every single one of us at some point. And before we know it, we’re totally stuck in our thoughts until we’re entirely depleted. But what if it’s not the truth? What if it’s just imposter syndrome?

Feeling like a fraud doesn’t make you a fraud. In all honesty, if you feel insecure about your true worth, then chances are you’re seeking perfection — a notion that no one could ever achieve, and yet nearly everyone pursues. (At least at some point in their lives.)

Living with imposter syndrome can sound like a life sentence of constant worry about what others think of you. That being said, getting rid of it is simple.

If anything, if your imposter syndrome is acting like that one immature high school girl, in just three steps, you’ll ditch it and teach it who the real #GirlBoss is.

1. Identify the Root Cause of Your Insecurities

Let’s face it, even if you’ve succeeded in every single challenge you’ve encountered, you’re still bound to develop your own insecurities; worse still, cling to them and allow them to determine the quality of your life.

In the grand scheme of things, before you start acting on anything in life, you start with one crucial step: understanding your circumstances. If you want to pinpoint the main reason(s) you feel you’re overrated, you need to be mindful of your surroundings. Look for the patterns that you’ve acquired and adopted as you’ve grown, and how they shaped your perception of your own worth.

2. Practice Self-Acceptance

Just accept it, love: You’re not perfect, you never were, and you never will be, plain and simple. AND that’s okay! Practicing self-acceptance is not merely part of ditching imposter syndrome; it’s the key to getting rid of it for good!

Accepting yourself means you’re mindful that you have your own flaws without having them stand in the way between you and your own feeling of fulfillment. Rather, your self-awareness becomes a pivotal part of your overall wellness and spirituality.

3. Find What Makes You Resilient

Ditching imposter syndrome doesn’t happen overnight. But that’s not because it’s hard or nearly impossible. It’s because any change you want to make — no matter how minor it is — will take dedication and consistency. That’s when resilience comes into play.

Realizing that ditching imposter syndrome is not a linear journey — and that you’ll certainly have your ups and downs until you reach self-contentment — serves as a stepping stone to seeing your true worth without belittling your efforts and achievements.

So be sure to develop your resilience and seize your options at all times — even if they aren’t the ones you initially expected.

About the Series

Launched on #MuslimWomensDay 2021, Muslim Girl Says is a Snapchat series where Muslim Girl founder Amani sits with her friends to hit the nail on the head with the very topics that matter to Muslim women — while occasionally exposing the weirdest chatter and gossip going on about Muslim women worldwide.

In its three seasons, Amani has teamed up with top influencers and trailblazers to speak to Muslim women and girls looking for a reflection of themselves in the world they’re in.

Ditching Imposter Syndrome

For the purpose of this topic, we partnered with some of your favorite influencers; each talking about their personal insights on how they managed to overcome imposter syndrome and lead a successful life.

Watch the episode here to see what top-tier trailblazers have to say so that you can ditch the imposter syndrome, and live your best “main character energy” life!

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