Top tips to deal with imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome is all about doubting your own skills, strengths and talents. You can even make yourself believe that you’re not good enough as others. You may feel like a fraud when you’re trying to hustle through your work, business or other priorities. So here’s some tips to deal with imposter syndrome.

It’s an everyday thing…Imposter syndrome can pop in our heads on an everyday level, whether we’re working for companies, freelancers, looking after our families, running our own businesses or leading our households. It affects our career, our confidence and our wellbeing. So be aware of it so you can gradually train your brain to ignore it. Imposter syndrome can really slow down your confidence.

You’re better than you think you are… We’re our own worst critics. We know our faults inside out. So those feelings cloud our confidence. We dampen our own strengths and achievements. So remember what makes you great – it could be small things too.

You never see the full picture of someone else’s success…It’s easy to assume others are the real experts. Really successful people may not always share their failures. So, we will never know exactly what they’ve been through to get where they are. We may not know what hard work has gone on behind the scenes to make them a perceived expert. We have no idea how much time and energy they’ve invested in their learning and experience to get where they are. You can learn more tricks on dealing with what I call comparison culture here.

Start using your skills... If you feel you aren’t a true expert, just start using the skills you have. To become better we need to do more. Being a thinker is fine but being a doer will remind you more of why you’re an expert too. That’s what I love about coaching people through their careers and pursuits. It’s about helping others to use their existing talents and figuring out a way forward. Don’t forget to list all of your future skills. We all have a different combination of things that make us great.

Learn from others…If you feel you aren’t a true expert, what is it that you admire in others? What is it that makes them an expert? What can you learn from them? How can you learn from them? Can you drop them a line to pick their brains for 10 minutes?

If you’d like to hear more confidence tricks, sign up to the e-bulletin for the Lucky Things webinars and events near you by emailing sunita@luckythings.co.uk

A webinar workshop on dealing with imposter syndrome is taking place on . Stay in touch to hear about the date as online hangout places will be limited. You can check out the new Lucky Things Let’s Do This webinar series right here.

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Top tips on feeling confident about your children starting school

In the run up to children starting school, there can be a whirlwind of emotions. We focus lots on how much we want our children to feel happy and confident about starting school, but what about the grown ups? It’s also important to look after your own wellbeing and confidence as a parent when your child walks into a new era. So here’s some ideas about how to feel confident and happy when your child is now starting school.

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The first Bristol Lucky Things Meet Up in pictures

Back in June, we had a great time hanging out at the first Lucky Things Meet Up in Bristol. Many of us travelled from across the South West as well as the rest of the country. We met at the The Square Club for an afternoon of catching up. The #luckythingsmeetup events are just for women and it’s all about bringing people together and hearing top tricks to boost our confidence. Bristol is a city I’ve grown up with as I have lots of family there. So, Bristol has been on my Lucky Things Meet Up location wish list for a while. Continue reading

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Can we make our own luck? 

Well as my blog is called Lucky Things so it’s only right that I talk about luck and being lucky. As different opportunities have come up for me over the past year I’ve felt lucky. When we see everyone’s world (or part of their world) on social media, people come across as really lucky – they’ve just bought a new outfit, they’re on holiday, they’re doing something exciting, the list goes on. But is everything down to pure luck or can can we make our own luck? Continue reading

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How it felt to be a speaker at the Lucky Things Meet Up? By Lucy Eastment, Styled by Lucy

The Lucky Things Meet Ups and Lucky Things Locals are all about bringing people together in real life. Organising the Lucky Things Meet Ups across the UK gives me amazing opportunities to collaborate with talented women. However, when I first approach people in (and outside of) my network  about whether they’d like to speak at the Lucky Things Meet Ups, there isn’t a typical reaction. Many often respond with a “Oh no I couldn’t do that – I can’t speak in front of a big group of people“. After giving them some time to reflect, a follow-up response pops up in my inbox.

It’s these follow-up responses that remind me about why I set up the Lucky Things Meet Ups in the first place – it’s also about giving people the opportunity to shine and share their expertise. It’s not about their career accolades, the size of their Instagram following or the scale of their business. It’s just about being an expert in their own right. It’s about being inclusive and showcasing a diverse range of talent across the UK.  I first met Lucy at London’s Lucky Thing Meet Up in January 2017. So here’s Lucy’s story, Personal Stylist from Styled by Lucy.

How it felt to be asked to be a speaker at the Lucky Things Meet Up?

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Top tips on accepting compliments 

Compliments. You either love them or shy away from them. Or maybe just don’t know what to do with them when they pop up. They could be rare offerings or maybe you’re bombarded with them. One thing I know is that it’s taken me a while to welcome compliments and fully accept them. So here’s some tips on how to accept compliments. Continue reading

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Top tips for going to events on your own

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, many of us can feel a bit nervous or unsure about going to events on our own. They may be events where ten other people are going or maybe hundreds will be there. What I call event anxiety is a very normal feeling. If you haven’t already seen it, don’t forget to check out my blog on top tips on networking. I’ve had to attend events on my own for lots of different reasons. Through my own experience of attending a variety of events in my media, corporate or freelance careers I’ve picked up a few tricks about going to events over the past 20 years. So here seven top tips about going to events on your own… Continue reading

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How I really feel about speaking at Blogtacular?

This time next week, I’ll be in the swing of things at Blogtacular, one of the well-known blogger conferences in the UK. In their own words, “Blogtacular is the place for people whose hearts beat with creativity to come together to meet, share and inspire.” What can I say, it’s going to be epic. I love meeting new (and old) people, I love sharing info and I love soaking up inspiration. During the week of my 40th birthday, I received an email from Kat and Kelly from the Blogtacular crew asking if I’d like to be part of a panel. They have a serious pitch process and as my blog has only been around for about a year, it was quite a WOW moment for me. So how do I really feel about speaking at Blogtacular? Continue reading

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Top tips for returning to work after maternity or paternity leave

Taking time off to bond, look after and nurture your children is an incredible thing. But for many, at some point we have to think about heading back to work after maternity, paternity or shared parental leave. People return to work for many reasons. It can be for career-focused or financially-driven reasons. We go through all kinds of emotions when need to focus more on work again. Here’s seven top tips for helping you to return to work… Continue reading

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