Do you struggle with impostor syndrome? Where does impostor syndrome come from? How can simple language shifts challenge and overcome limiting beliefs?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Dr. Caroline Buzanko about how you can stop feeling like an impostor and how you can overcome the limiting beliefs.
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Meet Dr. Caroline Buzanko
Dr. Caroline Buzanko is a Psychologist. Mother. Director of Koru Family Psychology. International Speaker. ADHD Superhero. And Changer of Lives. She works with kids, teens, and their families to help them build better lives by maximizing confidence, forging their resilience, and fostering strong connections. With over twenty years working with families, her focus is on developing long-term success and well-being by creating meaningful change. She also works with professionals and educators looking for training and approaches to expand their own clinical effectiveness.
In This Podcast
- Where does impostor syndrome come from?
- Moving past impostor syndrome
- Address the thoughts and the why
- Caroline Buzanko’s advice to private practitioners
Where does impostor syndrome come from?
[Our brain] is looking out for us to be safe, and safe means in our bed hiding under our covers. It doesn’t want us to be sticking our necks out there, taking risks, and being vulnerable. (Dr. Caroline Buzanko)
Impostor syndrome comes from all over; from the way that you speak to yourself, to how your brain is set up to keep you safe, and how society values achievement.
Social media has also worsened ideas of impostor syndrome because it provides a platform where comparison is rife.
There’s this need to be effortlessly perfect in every area of life and you don’t really hear struggles of other people’s successes … we’re not talking about the weaknesses and these feelings, so we feel like we’re the only ones [struggling]. (Dr. Caroline Buzanko)
Moving past impostor syndrome
Some tools and methods to overcome feelings invoked by impostor syndrome include:
- Self-reflection: where are you sabotaging yourself? What is maintaining this cycle? Ask yourself what is propelling the ideas of unworthiness in your mind, what actions or inactions are allowing these false beliefs to be maintained?
- Be honest: sit with yourself and be honest about where you may be avoiding things.
- Look at your thought traps, such as the “all or nothing” mentality, “anything other than perfection is a failure” ideas, and “assuming that people are judging you” are all thought traps.
- Do you take on too much? Some people validate their false beliefs by doing too much and ending up failing, which makes them berate themselves though they set themselves up for it.
Address the thoughts and the why
If doubt and a false or limiting belief crop up in your mind, do you allow it to take reign, or do you speak back to it?
Address the thoughts that you want to change, because it is in changing the way we think about and speak to ourselves that we can shift how we perceive ourselves. The limiting beliefs only start as thoughts, and you can stop them there, and consciously create better ones.
This is especially important to do when you are pursuing your goals and desires.
Write it out. Write out that big why and place it everywhere … that why is going to keep you going. (Dr. Caroline Buzanko)
When times of challenge come, address unhelpful thoughts, and welcome instead the challenges as growth and opportunities for change.
Caroline Buzanko’s advice to private practitioners
Everyone has insecurities, but it is what you do about them that defines you: are you going to get sucked in, or are you going to move forward?
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