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  • Writer's pictureCandace Medina

Low Self-confidence vs. Imposter Syndrome

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

Having low self-confidence or self-esteem may sound the same as having imposter syndrome. However, these are two very different things that we’re going to dive into while also providing tips on how to manage both issues.



How Are Low Self-confidence and Imposter Syndrome Different?


The difference between low self-esteem and someone with imposter syndrome is that low self-esteem focuses on what a person can or can’t do. But then, what is imposter syndrome? Imposter syndrome is when your mind narrows in on who you think we are, rather than thoughts on what you can or can’t do in life.



How to Overcome Low Self-confidence


Having low self-confidence doesn’t need to be permanent. In fact, there are a few techniques you can start implementing in your life to start overcoming your low self-confidence and living your best life. To start overcoming your low self-esteem, you can:

  • Pinpoint situations that are impacting your self-esteem the most: this can be a crisis happening at home, a big change happening in life, or an argument with family or loved ones

  • Adjust your thoughts to certain situations: to do this, you can start focusing on the positive parts of your life and begin changing how you phrase things into hopeful situations, rather than insisting they’ll go wrong.


How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome


According to a research paper, over 80% of people have felt imposter syndrome at some point in their lives. However, if you have imposter syndrome, there are techniques out there that can help you challenge and overcome it to start living your life to the fullest. A few techniques you can try include:

  • Documenting your career achievements

  • If you feel like you’ve achieved too much and aren’t where you think you should be, keeping a record of your accomplishments can be good. Regularly looking back at what you’ve achieved can help you normalize your accomplishments to yourself.

  • Seeking help from other people or professionals

  • Sometimes, you just need another person’s perspective to help you overcome what you’re dealing with. Some people who have the experience to help you overcome imposter syndrome include therapists, social workers, and life coaches.


Start Living Your Life With Surety


You don’t have to keep living your life with low self-esteem or imposter syndrome. Candace Medina is an experienced coach who will help you gain insights into life, plan your next steps, and help you discover long-term success.

You can begin to explore what you want your life to look like and what steps you can take to make that happen under the leadership of an experienced leadership coach. Start living your life with the confidence you deserve and achieve the successes you’ve always dreamed of having.


Candace Medina

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