It’s that annoying little voice in your head again making you question yourself. It doesn’t matter if you have the right degree, you’ve done whatever it is your doing several times successfully, it just keeps coming back. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and you’ve lost your gift receipt: imposter syndrome. This nasty monster is a kind of self-talk that makes you feel like you aren’t qualified or good enough to do something that you’re probably actually very good at.
Imposter syndrome usually crops up due to outside forces. For example, if you work in a field in which you’re the minority, you might feel like you don’t belong. This can make you vulnerable to imposter syndrome. It can also take hold due to your identity and society’s expectations of your identity. It can simply happen because people have told you directly that you can’t do it even though they have no idea what you’re capabilities are!
This happens to just about everyone, even to extremely successful people. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Lots of accomplished people have shared their experiences with imposter syndrome and how to fight it.
To be a good activist, you must believe in yourself. Challenge yourself to feel better about yourself.
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