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Truth or Dare: How to Stop Imposter Syndrome


Back in the day, I always chose dare.

I would have much rather have mooned someone in broad daylight than

to have had people know my deep dark secrets.

(Not that I even had deep dark secrets to share.)

Playing Truth or Dare requires you to be vulnerable

and take chances.

You choose whether you can handle telling the truth,

or you choose to do something crazy to avoid people

knowing something about you.

Either way, you’re putting yourself out there for everyone to see.

You’re an adult now so your Truth or Dare days might be over,

but are you still playing the game?

If you find yourself feeling like a phony or a fake and think it’s true,

even when you’re successful and doing well,

and if you overwork, downplay your success, or need someone else’s approval,

you’re still playing.

But instead of calling it Truth or Dare and making it a game,

it’s called imposter syndrome and

it leads to overwhelm, burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression.

Let me show you what I mean.

TRUTH: You’re killing it in your business but you think it’s from working ridiculously long hours.

DARE: Take a step back and trust that you’re successful without overworking.

TRUTH: Someone compliments you on your success and brilliance, but you shrug it off and act like it’s not a big deal.

DARE: Say thank you and smile. (That’s it. No explanation.)

TRUTH: You know what you want and what to do, but you run every decision and option in front of someone else to be sure you made the right choice.

DARE: Decide that you know what to do and do it. Let yourself mess up and try again.

To get out of this cycle of hiding from the truth so you can feel

confident in yourself and your success,

relaxed and certain at home and at work,

and to have more success and fulfillment,

Even though this might sound scary now,

Learning why you feel like you need to hide your magnificent self,

Remembering what you love about your job or your life,

Appreciating and acknowledging your success, and

Calming your body and your brain down when you feel like a fraud,

changes the game.

Your success is not an accident, a fluke, or thanks to someone else.

It’s time to shine 💫

<3 Megan

P.S. Your life beyond stress and anxiety begins with a decision. You can decide now to change how your body feels and how you respond when you're anxious, so anxiety loses its power. The question isn't, “Am I ready?” The question is, “Have I decided to be ready?” Ready is just one decision away.

P.P.S. Be sure to check out Episode 66 of the More than Anxiety Podcast to hear more about Imposter Syndrome wherever you listen. While you’re there, take a quick minute to leave a review and follow so you don’t miss a beat and help others find the podcast as well. Thanks!

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