New & young consultant here. Feeling so inadequate on my project, have received positive feedback so far ... imposter syndrome and fear of being fired. Any advice?

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Get over it or you will sabotage yourself. If it makes you feel better, everyone around you has felt/feeling the same way. It’s just the name of the game. You’re in this spot, because you were chosen for whatever reason. Up to you to prove there was a good reason! Keep up the good work!


C1- "get over yourself or else” might not be the most constructive for someone dealing with confidence issues.

OP, The key is to change your inner dialogue to be more supportive. Like any habit it will take time to change. A couple things that can help:
1. Develop a mantra or reminder phrase that’s a positive statement about your work - keep it somewhere you can see often - the visual cue will make it more familiar and more comfortable.
2. Work to recognize negative internal talk and kindly interrupt yourself. Very important to be kind to yourself when stopping a destructive thought or you could end up in a loop (e.g. I’m a lazy worker / I’m stupid for thinking that / I’m not doing this right vs I’m a lazy worker / Actually, I work very hard and I should be celebrate that.)
3. Surround yourself with supportive people and let them help you. Society pushes so much focus on external validation and putting yourself down sometimes it helps to have friends remind you how awesome you are and also help nudge you when they hear you start with a negative thread.

Overall it takes practice and it’s something most of us work on. Good luck! 😊


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