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Ep120: The Impostor Syndrome: What it’s Trying to Tell you (and How to Deal with it) with host Paula Jenkins

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This week’s episode is all about the Impostor Syndrome. It’s something that gets talked about a lot in self help and personal development, and it’s also something I know I’ve struggled with as I put myself out there as a coach and podcaster.

I strongly believe that the Impostor Syndrome pops up when you are following your dreams, and begin to do the things that are most important to you and your purpose. The more passionate you feel about something, the more likely you are to feel like an impostor when you first try it. The signs of impostor syndrome are feeling incapable of making a decision, feeling caught up in the opinions of others, and being afraid that you’re not “good enough” to do something you feel called to do. It often shows up in trying something new, and something that feels vulnerable.


The Imposter Syndrome: What it’s Trying to Tell you (and How to Deal with it)

In this episode, I’ll talk about:

  • What the impostor syndrome is, and what it feels like
  • Where and how I’ve felt like an impostor
  • Why women seem to run into the impostor syndrome more than men
  • Why we run from discomfort, instead of working through it
  • Why I think that the impostor syndrome is a great thing, if it’s coming up for you
  • What you can do to overcome or deal with feeling like an impostor
  • The wisdom and deeper truths that are behind feeling like an impostor
  • How you are enough, and know enough, for anything you want to do
  • The good news about what the impostor syndrome means


Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (on Amazon)

Dr. Valerie Young: The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) on Jump Start Your Joy, Episode 15:

Tanya Giesler’s Ted Talk on Impostor Complex

Do you ever feel like an imposter, even though you have the training and the know-how to do something? And, you're not sure why you feel like a fake or a fraud? Podcaster Paula Jenkins talks about how you can overcome this, and deal with the Imposter Complex. #imposter #followyourdreams #podcast