Imposter syndrome is a huge issue for many people branching out on their own, especially for freelance writers. Imposter syndrome, a term coined in 1978, is defined as “phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement.”

So it’s basically when you believe you’re a terrible freelance writer, not worthy of new business and that you’re going to fail your clients, despite having lots of evidence to the contrary.

Even when we know Imposter syndrome is to blame for our misplaced fraudy feelings, it can still get us down. Check out these strategies to help.

Feel Like A Fraud? Here’s How To Overcome Impostor Syndrome

In her article for Forbes, Ashley Stahl reminds us that while the origins of Imposter Syndrome may vary in each person, it is possible to overcome it. Start by acknowledging that Imposter Syndrome is affecting you and work to change your mental programming.

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21 Proven Ways To Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Kyle Eschenroeder shares 21 tips and tricks for overcoming Imposter Syndrome such as to focus on providing value and to stop comparing yourself to someone else. Kyle also shares how Impostor Syndrome affects celebrities and successful people like Tina Fey and Maya Angelou, as well as you and I.

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12 Tricks Confident People Use To Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Isaiah Hankel reminds us that we are all impostors and that one way high achieving people keep succeeding is by acting more qualified and challenging themselves to reach a new level. He also shares 12 tricks you can use to overcome the syndrome, such as owning your victories and forgeting about external validation.

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10 Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

While aimed at project managers, Elizabeth Harrin’s tips for overcoming Imposter Syndrome are still applicable to freelance writers. She advises starting by not feeling shame and hiding how you feel, and to learn how to separate facts from feelings.

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10 Steps You Can Use to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Valerie Young reminds us in these notes from her Ted Talk that feelings are the last thing to change when it comes to combating Impostor Syndrome. Her key takeaway? “The only way to stop feeling like an impostor, is to stop thinking like an impostor.”

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Are you struggling with Imposter Syndrome? How do you tackle it? Let me know in the comments below: