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.
- The cycle begins—you have some imposter feelings
- Search for a reason—I need a qualification, more experience, more practice
- Work hard to achieve your goal—now you have hope
- Achieve your goal and momentary pleasure
- The feelings return
- 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.