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Posted by on May 25, 2018 in Advice, Coaching, Dear Coach Kiki, Emotional Learning, Emotional Life Lesson, Feelings, Guilt, Life Lesson | 0 comments

Situational Imposter Syndrome — Part 2 in a series on Imposter Syndrome


In part 1, In A Panic had gotten the job of her dreams — and it sent her into a tailspin.

That actually makes a lot of sense, and happens quite often.

The question for her, and anyone who’s ever experienced these feelings of imposter syndrome is,  what’s causing them?

If you aren’t an imposter, what’s causing the feelings of imposter syndrome?

If you aren’t an imposter, and you’re feeling imposter-y are you doomed to feeling that way forever? (No.)

Are there things you can do to feel real? (Yes.)

If you are an imposter — what can you do to change that situation? (A lot of things. One at a time.)

Read on for more.

Emotional Life Lessons:

  1. Good situations can make you anxious.
  2. Exciting and new situations can cause you to doubt yourself.
  3. Getting a new job, starting a new career, beginning a passion or purpose project, changing careers, or new, positive life circumstance, can bring up lots of the old baggage you’ve been hiding in your figurative attic or basement.

That could mean lots of old feelings;

  • Feelings you thought you worked through
  • Feelings you thought you’d gotten rid of
  • Feelings you thought weren’t relevant anymore
  • All of those feelings, and more, can spring up causing feelings of anxiety, loss of self confidence, thoughts of “why me?” along with a sense of unworthiness, feelings of surpassing your wildest dreams — and what does that mean — what’s left?

Huge Coaching Tip: If you’re an imposter and you’re okay with it — carry on. Move right along. Nothing here for you to see.

Making a Change Coaching Tip:  If you’re an imposter, and you’re not okay with it — get going & change being an imposter for being the real you.

Reality Tip: The coaching tip above takes some work, but you can do it.

Making a Change: First, you need to identify what’s causing you to feel like an imposter–

There’s something I call situational imposter syndrome which is exactly as it sounds. A situation that’s causing you to feel like an imposter. Some of those situations can include —

  • New job
  • New life situation
  • New position in your field
  • New career
  • New passion project
  • New purpose project

Right? Seriously? Good things, great things, things you’ve worked toward and were excited about? Those thing can cause you to feel like an imposter?

In a word — yes.

More on this in Part 3 of the series.

Have a meaningful Memorial Day — a fun weekend, and remember —

Your life is like no other. sm

Have a great one,

Kiki aka Coach Kiki

aka Rebecca Kiki Weingarten, M.Sc.Ed, MFA


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