Manage Netflix Profiles Why You’re A Fraud, And How To Stop It

You’re not very good at your job. Sure, you’ve been lucky so far. You’ve gotten away with it. You’ve managed to fool everyone around you.But sooner or later they’re going to find out. You know this, right? The charade can’t last forever.Sooner or later, they’re going to figure out that you’re a fraud.That’s the bad news.The good news is that, in all likelihood, none of this is true.Welcome to Imposter Syndrome.
Here’s my question: As you read the first ten sentences of this article, was there a part of you that thought, nervously, “How could he possibly know this? Is it my deepest fear and my most closely-guarded secret!”?Chances are you felt at least a twinge of self-recognition. How do I know this? Because Imposter Syndrome is prevalent in high-achievers. Studies show that up to 75% of high-achievers have this feeling of Imposter Syndrome at least occasionally; my own research indicates that the percentage could be even higher.


Tina Fey. Meryl Streep. Denzel Washington. Maya Angelou. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. With the possible exception of that last guy, this isn’t such a bad group to be associated with, right? And all of us have Imposter Syndrome, at least from time to time.Welcome to the club.”But I don’t want to be in that club!” I get it. Neither do I. So what do we do about it?We break out.
I mean that quite literally.See, Imposter Syndrome only happens when our attention is focused inward, on ourselves:
I’m a fraud.

I don’t deserve my success.

What do they think of me?

So, since the root of Imposter Syndrome is an inward focus, one solution is to adopt an outward focus. Rather than focus on yourself and what others think about you (and, by the way, most of the time they’re not thinking about you), focus instead on providing value. Providing value to what? Here are a few suggestions:
the project at hand

your team

your customers

your family

your company

When I was producing, there was a lot of pressure on me. To be honest, I wasn’t always sure that I was up to that pressure-especially when things went wrong. I didn’t think I was good enough, I felt like a fraud, and my biggest fear was that “they” were going to find out. Sound familiar?


But when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and focused instead on the work, those feelings disappeared. There simply wasn’t time for them. I was no longer thinking about myself; I was thinking about the audience, my team, the show. My focus was outward.And it worked. We got through the show. And the more shows we got through, the less I felt like a fraud. There was simply too much evidence to the contrary.Bottom line: If you want to get out of the Imposter Syndrome club, get out of your head.

Fear This My Fellow Athlete

Competition is good, just as fear is good – if you will use it to your advantage rather than letting it use you. Fear can frazzle us to make mistakes, become uncertain, and anxious, but fear used to our advantage can propel us to greatness. It’s a double-edged sword. Since fear is internal, you own it, it’s yours to use as you will, if you ignore it, it might hurt you, if you use it, it can help you, give you the edge, especially in competition. How might I know this?

Well, I supposed any seasoned competitor in the human endeavor or athlete understands exactly what I am saying, but in case you need more examples to help you better understand this concept, by all means keep reading.

Recently, I read an interesting article online and watched a great video sponsored by Expert Sports Performance, the video was titled: “How Talented Athletes Deal with Fear,” by Loren Fogelman, a well-known sports psychologist.

In my view I believe that Fear is a wonderful thing, a huge driver of the human psyche, but Loren Fogelman reminds me of the truth that: “it motivates some and stops others dead in their tracks,” which is absolutely a fact.

Still, I believe that if FEAR stops someone from achieving or causes them to choke under pressure, then I would submit to you that:

1.) They don’t understand what fear is; and,
2.) They are not using FEAR as an adrenal shot for peak performance

Well, I say; too bad for them, if they are competing against me or my team. Fear can be a weakness if you let it, or high-octane when you need it, YOU decide which. “It’s all in your head” I always say. Anyway, that’s the way I see it. A great book to read is: “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!” published by in the 80s as a motivational type book.

As a competitive runner, I used to imagine footsteps behind me and ready to pass. Interestingly enough, I was a pretty good athlete so that didn’t happen much, but when it actually did happen it’s a sound you never forget. This imagination during competitive races propelled me to stay on pace or increase my speed opening up a large gap between me and the other runners. Sometimes when I am out training even today, I will listen to my feet hit the trail and pick up the sounds of the echo and amplify them in my brain to simulate those ever-feared footsteps, thus, propelling me to run faster and faster.