The imposter cycle

The diagram below shows you how a person can feel like an imposter but still be very successful. Imagine you are about to start a new project or prepare for a presentation. Start at number 1 and work your way around the cycle.













  1. The cycle begins—you have some imposter feelings
  2. Search for a reason—I need a qualification, more experience, more practice
  3. Work hard to achieve your goal—now you have hope
  4. Achieve your goal and momentary pleasure
  5. The feelings return
  6. Off you go again—Round 2

So no matter what evidence you gather you can still feel like an imposter. This is how people can be very successful and still feel like frauds.

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