How Do I Overcome Imposter Syndrome?

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

The term “imposter syndrome” keeps coming up in my awareness. Can you speak to the meaning of that? What is your understanding of imposter syndrome?

Neagle Code Answer

Imposter syndrome is when your self-image doesn’t match up with the direction you want to go… and you don’t feel worthy of what you actually want in life.

Obviously, that needs to be changed at a self-image level.

There’s a quote from “A Course in Miracles” about self-image. If you’re having an issue with your self-image, you should read it 50 times a day, and behave as if you’re that person:

“The truth about you is so lofty that nothing unworthy of God is worthy of you. Choose, then, what you want in these terms and accept nothing that you would not offer to God as wholly fitting for Him.”

This is the only way to change your self-image once you’re an adult.

Remember, the way you learned as a child is not the same way you learn as an adult. As a child, we learned by gathering information, remembering it, then feeding it back to someone… who then said we learned.

As an adult, our learning is experiential.

Once you’re an adult, if you want to change the results in your life, you have to acknowledge where you are and do something different.

If it’s an internal change you have to make, then you have to be willing to do things to raise your self-esteem to the level where you want to be.

This will never be an intellectual process first. It will always be behavioral first, intellectual second.

That means you step into the actions you’re taking to move forward.

Who do you want to be, while stepping into those actions?

This is where the rewiring of your mind happens. When you’re taking action, you develop the confidence to actually do it.

Imposter syndrome is literally feeling like an imposter. Feeling like, “This isn’t me. I’m stepping into this, and it’s not true.”

It’s all about doing the thing in order to become the person you want to be.

And remember — the part of you that doesn’t feel worthy is coming from someone else’s voice in your head.

It’s not your voice.

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