Updated: Mar 24
Over and over again in my professional life, I've been in awe of my coworkers. I've been lucky enough to always land in a group of hardworking, dedicated people who are fighting with all they have to make the world a better place. Even through times of their own frustration and discouragement, they get back up again and keep going. I'm inspired every day by the group of people God has blessed me with.
This is doing nothing for my imposter syndrome, y'all.
"Imposter syndrome" is a bit of a scary name to describe a remarkably common feeling: that I'm in way over my head, there's been some mistake in putting me in this position, that I've pulled a fast one and it's only a matter of time before everyone finds out.
I checked in with one of my former professors at UT (Texas, not the other one), who is wise and knowledgeable and an all-around great human and has often readily discussed her own imposter syndrome. She says that everyone has it, because we all "know" that we could have expressed ourselves more clearly or put forth a bit more effort or straightened up just a few more details--we "know" these things just as surely as we "know" that other people are filled with the confidence that comes from having their acts together and their lives figured out. Because that's what our own brains do to us sometimes.
Jeremiah writes, "This is God’s Word on the subject: '...I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.'" (Jeremiah 29:10-11, The Message) When I look around at my coworkers at IKRON, I see talented people with years of experience at making lives better. When I look back at myself, I see a screwball with a calculator and a wonderful disposition. The temptation to feel like an imposter is strong.
Naturally, I give God all the credit for always placing me with the right people at the right time. That being the case, in the moments when all my self-doubt is screaming otherwise, I must also believe he put me there not as an imposter, but because he has a plan. A great plan. And I believe that just as surely for you.
What are times when you feel like an imposter? How do you silence those voices?