Louisa Thostrup crossroad

We all know the Imposter and how it works…but not all know how to push through it and move forward. 

In the corridors of success and achievement, a silent intruder often lurks, cast shadows of doubt and insecurity upon even the most accomplished individuals. 

The intruder – know as the Imposter Syndrome – is a pervasive phenomenon, especially prevalent among high-achieving individuals, particularly those in leadership roles within high- performance environments.

The Imposter syndrome manifests as an internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud, despite evidence of competence and accomplishment. It’s nagging you with it’s voice in the back of your mind questioning whether you truly deserve your success of if you’ve simply been lucky or fooling others all along. 

The negative impact of the Imposter syndrome – to mention some – can be a self-perpetuating cycle of stress and anxiety, it can undermine decision-making and inhibit the ability to inspire and motivate others. 

There are a lot of reasons for why you should push through this imposter syndrome….cause ultimately it stifles innovation, stifles creativity and undermines the potential for authentic leadership to flourish. Cause by perpetuating a carafe of competence rather than embracing vulnerability and authencity, leaders miss out on opportunities for genuine connection, collaboration and growth. 

Here’s some of my strategies of how to overcome the Imposter Syndrome:


Acknowledge and normalize the feelings:

Remember – your can NOT master anything you haven’t tried before, so you are actually a newbie… I can only encourage you to recognize that the feelings of self-doubt are common and not indicative of incompetence


Challenge negative thoughts:

Identify and challenge negative thought patterns that contribute to imposter syndrome. Re-frame the self-critical thoughts in more empowering ways


Celebrate achievements:

Knowledge your success and accomplishments now matter how small they are. Celebrate milestones and progress along the way


Seek support and feedback:

Seek support from mentors, peers or a coach to gain perspective and validation. Receiving counstructive feedback is important for you to grow


Practice self-compassion:

Cultivate self-compassion and kindness to yourself – especially when you have moments of difficulty or failure. Remember that perfection is unattainable, and failure are opportunities for learning and growth.

When implementing the strategies above, you will see, that it becomes a strength when you meet the imposter syndrome – cause when being curious and aware – you move forward!

Now go out and create yourself a magical day!!



High Performance Coach & Mentor