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Is there an impostor lurking in you? How to work on those thoughts to finally give yourself the recognition you deserve

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Take back the power

One of my best friends works for the Civil Service and is very high up in her department. So much so, that when I’m on a video call with her and our other school friend, when there’s banter about how work is, projects we’re working on etc, she never contributes. Official Secrets Act and all that. Although there is another reason she doesn’t say much about her work. She is very bright, erudite and knows her stuff and yet, feels an impostor. Although highly motivated, I know that she doesn’t believe any of the credit that comes her way.

Sophie believes she’s only where she is in her profession because she’s been there years and so it’s by default. She thinks she’s half as good as those around her and got twice as far undeservedly. When challenged and asked how it can be possible to be so high up the ladder if not by merit, she says it’s by...

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Allowing self-limiting beliefs to take hold is totally on you. But then, so is banishing them. 5 top tips to do just that.

Paperback writer

One of my values is growth so I have put my money where my mouth is and am currently studying for a Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring. It’s pretty hardcore and quite frankly, I underestimated the time I would need to commit to it. In addition to the days in the classroom, there is the reading, sessions with my mentee and coachees, the developmental, reflection and learning notes I’m to keep, let alone the 3,000 word assignments I’m to write during the duration of the course – all seven assignments.

I mistakenly thought that as I write blogs, this wouldn’t be a problem. Writing is writing, surely? Nope. I haven’t written an essay or handed in an assignment for 25 years. Yes, 25 years. Yikes. When I thought of it like that, I really did start to wonder what had I done?!

What you think about isn’t nearly as important as the way you think about what you think about

Isn’t it funny – well no, not really – how...

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