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Are you successful? 5 key signs you’re on the right track

29 May 2017   Imposter Syndrome

Ditch Imposter Syndrome by recognising these true signs of career success

So you talked yourself out of applying for that dream job and have convinced yourself you don’t deserve that promotion? Sounds like you’re suffering from Imposter Syndrome.

In a world where social media forces us to compare ourselves to others every day, Imposter Syndrome is on the rise. It can be difficult to fight, because it’s all about silencing the little voice in your head that whispers “you’re a fraud”. That voice is the result of years of conditioning that often goes right back to childhood. To overcome it, you must drown out this negativity and cultivate a success mindset.

The trick is to convince yourself that you’re anything but a failure. With a simple change in outlook, it’s possible to do this by looking out for everyday signs that you’re a success.

 

5 key signs you are successful

1. People ask for your help

You used to ask all the questions, but now, you’re the one being approached for advice or assistance. You’re the first person colleagues think of when there’s a logistical challenge, or they don’t know how to handle a client.

They’re not consulting you because you’re useless, but because they’re certain you’re good at your job. Take it as a compliment. You’re beginning to stand out from the pack.

 

2. You’re asked to be on teams

That exciting project you were hoping to work on but didn’t think you’d be asked? Guess what — the project leader wants you on the team!

Nobody asks someone to join a team if they have a reputation for bringing everyone else down. People who are asked are regarded as collaborative, smart and an asset. So that must be how other people see you — right?

 

3. You’ve failed and learned from it

We all know someone who’s let one mistake bring them down so much that it defines them. You’re not that person. You’ve made mistakes, but you treated them as learning opportunities. In the startup world, this is called ‘failing forward’, the capacity to recover quickly from failures and move on.

The ability to turn a negative into a positive is a hallmark of a successful person. Some of the world’s richest people are entrepreneurs have failed, sometimes repeatedly. Each time, they’ve picked themselves up, worked out what went wrong, and built that knowledge into their next attempt. If you can do this too, you’re already successful. Just ask Richard Branson!

 

4. You get excited by projects

Some people let their everyday job get them down. They constantly doubt their abilities and second-guess their skills. But ask them to join a project team, and see their faces light up. If that’s you, you’re a success.

Why? Because, deep down, you know you can add value to this project. You can see the difference you make, the unique skills you bring to the table. You’re excited and full of self-belief. By understanding that the positives you bring to projects can also be applied to your daily job; you can reposition yourself as a success in your own head. If your job and upcoming projects don’t excite you, maybe it’s time to reconsider your career direction.

 

5. You question the status quo

This is a true sign of a hero. Someone who sees a wrong and rights it, or notices a problem and solves it — all without being asked, and with no expectation of reward. If you do this at work, you’re way ahead of the pack. Most people are content in accepting the status quo and an easy life, fly under the radar and meet, rather than exceed, their KPIs.

Proactively changing things takes courage because you’re putting yourself out there. You’re saying: “something’s wrong, and I’m going to fix it”. Your colleagues are often too intimidated to do this because they don’t want to fail or risk drawing attention to themselves. By being someone who tries to change things, you’re showing a genuine desire to make a difference, and that you trust your own abilities.

Now, don’t be shy… It’s time to ditch Imposter Syndrome and start owning your success. Good luck!