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weekly pill of mid-career growth wisdom Jul 07, 2023

Have you ever felt you’re not enough prepared to ask for a promotion?
You may have experienced Impostor Syndrome. We all feel self-doubt to some extent, but sometimes, it can paralyze our next steps and progress.

Impostor Syndrome is a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persists despite evident success.
Impostors suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that overrides any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.
They think they're a fraud or not enough, self-doubting themselves all the time, unable to internalize their accomplishment; however successful they are in their field.  

Impostor Syndrome is common for achievers, those who get everything they want and are never happy. 
It can also happen with people making a career change or moving away to a different country without knowing the language and feeling like they don’t belong. 

Why do I have the authority to talk about Impostor Syndrome?
I’m not a psychologist, but I’m a person with a lot of stories about all the feelings that held back all the progress I wanted in my career. 
A recent part of my story started a couple of years ago when I deployed CL4IR, which went from an altruistic project to a career coaching business. 

I was a finance expert working in a multinational in Italy, and CL4IR was happening on the side. 
When I started communicating with my previous employer that I wanted to change my career and therefore wasn’t interested in renewing my working contract, the first question I got was: “are you certified for doing that?”.

That question got me so overwhelmed because I never thought about certifications for doing what I had been intuitively doing for almost 2 decades. 
It paralyzed me. I felt like I was doing something wrong. To get over that, I just focused on my clients and realized that I was delivering results, and that was enough. That was even bigger than any certification. 
It took me weeks to realize that the state of mind was the key to overcoming the Impostor and understanding where my center was.

When self-centered and conflict-free, I know what I want, what I can do, what I can deliver to others, and how I can transform their lives.
This is where I don't have to meet anyone else’s expectations, only mine. 

Let's rock.



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