Does this ever resonate with me. For much of my 20's when I wasn't living my life authentically, I felt like a total fraud. The stress was constant, I experienced a lot self doubt and self loathing, and this stunted my growth both personally and professionally.
In my early 30's, while I had taken some big steps towards living my life authentically, I still felt like somewhat of a fraud in my professional life as I would frequently catch myself sensoring what I said, or editing what I wrote, so I would fly under the radar. This led to a pretty big ''fuck it'' moment and I wrote and shared my blog post Owning It. This step took me well outside of the false comfort zone that I had created, and has really allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. I am much less worried about what others might think, I am willing to put my message out there, and share what I am passionate about.
Imposter syndrome can be absolutely debilitating, but recognizing it, and proactively taking the steps to conquer it will help you thrive in all aspects of your life. Over the course of my life, I have dealt with imposter syndrome on many occasions, in many aspects of my life, and for many different reasons. While I still have some moments of doubt, I am so much better off than I was before and am willing to put myself out there, rather than hide in the shadows, and it feels amazing.
Anyway, the article below is a must read, and I am sure that most people will be able to relate to it.