You know - logically - that you're good at what you do. And others come to you for advice and ideas. Your team is doing well. But deep down inside you know all-too-well that gnawing feeling in your stomach that goes beyond self-doubt. In the quiet of the night, your inner critic is telling you stories about how you might get 'found out' as not being good enough, as not knowing as much as you 'should', that 'they' will realise they made a mistake in hiring you.
And that keeps you stuck, dreaming big, but playing small. You show up as a 'play-it-safe' version of who you really are.
You hold back some of your best ideas, but feel frustrated when a colleague gets the chance to shine that you secretly wanted.
You don't always speak up in meetings when you know the answer. Someone else gets the credit for an answer that is worse than yours, as you beat yourself up for staying quiet.
You convince yourself it's 'not the right time' or you're 'too busy' to go for that golden opportunity or promotion, then drown your sorrows in a tub of Haagen Dazs when someone else gets the chance you know you'd have rocked.
In your heart, you know you're not fulfilling your potential - or making the difference you really want to make. And the idea of letting your light shine - owning your inner genius - taking credit for your achievements - fills you with fear.
What you're experiencing goes beyond a bit of 'self-doubt'. It's something that 'mindset' and 'coping strategies' won't fix.
You know that. You've tried them.
You're dealing with Imposter Syndrome -
"Who am I to...?"
- and chances are you're drowning in 'workarounds' that are secretly keeping you stuck.
But it doesn't have to be that way!
When I ran the 2019 Imposter Syndrome Research Study I asked people how often they had struggled with it, and how much it was impacting their life. Here's what they said:
52% of female respondents said they had struggled with Imposter Syndrome daily or regularly in the past year. For male respondents the figure was a very similar 49%. They said it was frequent and severe enough that it would affect their ability to succeed in their career or run their business.
But men and women reported that they handled it very differently. The male respondents were more likely to 'push on through' the fears and take action anyway, which meant they were five times more likely than women to turn to alcohol, medication and drugs to cope with the anxiety this caused.
The female respondents described that they were more likely to 'wait until I feel ready' before taking action or aiming for an opportunity to shine. They were more likely to 'dismiss' praise by pointing out their own faults or by sharing credit with the team, meaning they were less likely to be top-of-mind if a promotion or high-profile project came up.
Actions women take (or don't take) as a result of Imposter Syndrome - percentages are for actions from the past twelve months.
© Clare Josa | 2019 Imposter Syndrome Research Study
And Imposter Syndrome can turn us into workaholic, perfectionist, procrastinating people-pleasers. These stress responses are incredibly common when a bout of Imposter Syndrome comes on. Yet, ironically, they reduce our performance and increase the likelihood of us subconsciously self-sabotaging.
When you make the investment to clear out Imposter Syndrome, you'll find that you no longer lie awake at 3 in the morning, beating yourself up, scared that you’re not good enough and that someone will find you out. The actions you take and the results you get are transformed.
You'll be able to train your inner critic to be supportive and encouraging - without pretending - and to stop negative self-talk in its tracks, if it tries to come out to play. This gives you the courage to take the inspired actions that really make a difference - no longer playing small.
And, no, that won't turn you into an arrogant big-head!
Putting an end to the secret 3am misery -massively boosts your confidence in being the real you, without the masks and armour.
You'll feel like you've found your voice, even in a noisy world, and that you are able to influence authentically, with clarity, confidence and passion. You'll be speaking up where previously you kept quiet, and sharing your ideas with compelling courage, rather than worry.
You'll be able to hold your own in ways that don't intimidate people, and which allow you to express all of who you really are, so you can model genuine, heart-based leadership and potentially even transform your organisation.
You'll be able to help others to feel uplifted, safe to express who they really are, transforming the way you lead and the way your team performs.
But being your business' best-kept-secret isn't going to help you to get the roles you want, but that's exactly what Imposter Syndrome gets us doing - then we wonder why someone else got the chance and not us.
When you release Imposter Syndrome, your dreams of the promotion or pay rise are much more likely to become reality, as you let go of the 'flinch-factor' that used to make you hold back on taking credit for your achievements or going for high-profile opportunities to shine.
As you feel more fulfilled (and get more sleep without the 3am self-flagellation), you'll have a longer fuse, and more relaxed at home, be feeling happier, and be more fun to be with. You'll be able to let go of perfectionism, procrastination, and people-pleasing, which means you'll be able to work shorter hours and feel less stressed.
This can improve our closest relationships. Life becomes more fun. There's more time for what's most important to you.
And without the secret stress and fear, our health improves, it's easier to concentrate, we feel less exhausted, and get to celebrate the incredible progress we're making.
But it's not their fault. The internet is full of well-intentioned advice that accidentally makes Imposter Syndrome worse.
Respondents in the research study said they've tried 'everything' with - at best - 'minimal' success - and when their efforts didn't work, they beat themselves up, feeling like even more of a failure and a fraud:
Why Doesn't Traditional Coaching Clear It?
Traditional coaching works at a mindset-level, dealing with our thought habits and beliefs, raising our awareness of how we self-sabotage. But research shows that those are just the surface-level symptoms, when it comes to Imposter Syndrome.
Also, the research showed that most coaches haven't yet cleared Imposter Syndrome yet, themselves, so it's really hard for them to do that for their clients.
You need a different approach when you want to clear it out, setting yourself free from it, rather than sticking with 'coping strategies' - and that's exactly what Believe In Yourself! guides you through.
8x Author | International Speaker | Leadership Mentor
After a corporate career in engineering, specialising in Six Sigma, and as Head of Market Research for one of the world’s most disruptive brands, since 2003 Clare has specialised in helping high-achievers to overcome Imposter Syndrome and is now considered the UK's leading authority on the topic.
In 2019 she led and published the landmark UK Imposter Syndrome Research Study, and also published her latest book - Ditching Imposter Syndrome - which already has readers in over 30 countries.
An expert in the neuroscience and psychology of performance, her original training as an engineer, specialising in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, means her approach is grounded in practical common sense, creating breakthroughs not burnout.
Add to this her Soul-Engineered Solutions and you get to experience transformation at the deepest levels, in ways that are fast, fun and forever.
Designed to get you results you can feel, fast, stage one gives you the courage to make changes right away, then gives you the momentum to carry on through the rest of this training.
By the end of this first month you'll be finding yourself speaking up, where previously you'd have kept quiet, getting better results, with less effort, and letting go of the 4Ps of Imposter Syndrome: Perfectionism, Procrastination, Project Paralysis, and People-Pleasing.
How to escape the stress cycle and stop your self-talk from leading to self-sabotage.
Learn how your self-talk affects self-doubt and confidence - and how to pause it in under sixty seconds.
Plus learn vital secrets from the worlds of the psychology and neuroscience of performance.
How to rewire your brain so you feel supported to take actions that used to scare you.
Discover how to change your inner story, to stand down your inner drama queen, and to rewire your brain's neural pathways, so that your internal dialogue becomes genuinely supportive and empowering.
Stop subconsciously sabotaging your success and start speaking up more with your great ideas.
Learn how to create lifelong shifts in your neural pathways and your brain's information filters, so you can clear out your limiting beliefs.
Plus you'll learn how to clear the memory of them out of your cellular biology throughout the rest of your body, too.
Learn how to create breakthroughs - fast - so you feel excited about opportunities to shine.
Discover my three-phased approach to clearing out even sticky limiting beliefs at the deepest levels, so you can set yourself free to become more of who you really are - fast!
This is where you'll be ready to take off the secret masks that hold us back from being all of who we really are, and you'll discover how to make yourself Imposter-Syndrome-proof, no matter how many comfort zones you stretch.
By the end of this second month, you might find yourself stepping up for opportunities to shine that previously you'd have talked yourself out of. And people might be asking you what your secret is!
Show up as all of who you really are, as you shift from surviving to thriving.
Wave goodbye to the need to pretend to be someone you're not, or to don a suit of virtual armour before you leave the house.
This module is about how to clear out the secret fears that meant you needed those masks, so you can be free from them, forever.
Wave goodbye to the 'flinch factor' so you can play a bigger role in your team or organisation.
People often get scared that Imposter Syndrome might come back, if they have to stretch a comfort zone.
So, instead, shift the way you view comfort zones (they're actually pretty uncomfortable) and discover how to make personal growth and sensible risk-taking something that's fun, not frightening.
Stage three is about allowing yourself to become the leader you were born to be. It's about connecting deeply with your inner voice, so you can influence authentically and have the impact your ideas and dreams deserve.
By the end of this third month, you're likely to be feeling fired up and excited about your future, knowing how to shift what you're doing so you feel fulfilled, rather than 'going through the motions', and you'll notice that the people you need to influence are listening more closely to what you're saying.
Looking at this after clearing your hidden blocks opens a world of exciting new possibilities.
This module gets really exciting! Having cleared out so many of your hidden blocks in the earlier modules, this is where you get to choose which version of yourself you want to consciously become in your future - starting today.
When you shift from doing to being, you'll find people really listen when you speak up.
This is all about becoming the person who makes the difference you want to be making.
Discover how my F-cubed process helps you to let go of the past and step into an exciting future, right here, right now.
When you move from 'fighting' to 'flowing', you'll get faster results with less effort - it will amaze you.
This module is the little-known difference between busyness and burnout, versus brilliant breakthroughs that feel easy and fun!
Discover a new way of living that helps you be upbeat, even if others are stressed, and sky-rocket your levels of success.
More than just an 'end of programme party', this module teaches you a new way of experiencing life.
You'll feel inspired and empowered as you create your action plan for "What's Next?" in your life.
How Much Time Does It Take?
I know what it's like to be busy.
And that's why Believe In Yourself! is broken down into bite-sized chunks that you can work through in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee.
It's easy to pick up where you left off, whenever you have time.
And there's even a bonus masterclass on how to 'magically' make the time to get the most from this training.
For the 12 weeks of the programme, expect to find 2 hours per week to work through it, plus any calls.
And there's no rush. It's designed to be done in 90 days, but if you need longer, you get lifetime access to the training materials.
Information is great. But it's implementation that will change your life.
And You Are Not Alone!
One of the main reasons why stand-alone online training doesn't work is because we're trying to do it on our own. Life gets in the way. We stumble if we hit a block. We avoid the trickier stuff, so we don't get results.
There's no one to hold us accountable, no one to answer our questions, no one to celebrate our successes.
So we barely study the course and almost definitely don't implement it. Then we feel even worse, because nothing changes.
Believe In Yourself! is designed to be easy to stay on track with and get amazing results (I've got nearly 20 years' experience as a professional creator of online and face-to-face transformational training, as a certified NLP Trainer) and you also get:
You get full support and accountability, which sky-rockets your likelihood of implementing and actually creating the breakthroughs you're dreaming of - and actually makes those transformations bigger, easier and more fun than going solo.
And get a 1:1 mentoring session with Clare worth £395
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Many personal growth programmes are by people who have had personal epiphanies, then try to sell unattainable solutions built on vague concepts that are not easy to materialise... because the trainer doesn't know how to unpack their own processes.
Clare's background as an engineer and NLP Trainer PLUS her life experience uniquely qualifies her as THE person to deconstruct the art and science of bypassing your mental and emotions blocks, to achieve success.
I love the way Clare explains things. Her extensive experience of running her own business, writing her books, previous roles in market research and training in NLP and meditation seem to have been blended to create the perfect course leader.
I'd highly recommend Clare for anything she's offering. All of her offers are well thought through and I trust her authority as an author and an imposter syndrome expert.
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I want you to be happy. And I know it can feel risky, buying a programme online. So you can try it on for size for a full 30 days after the start of the programme - at my risk.
If, having done the exercises, you find that Believe In Yourself! hasn't helped you to tame your inner critic or to boost your confidence, then you can have a full refund - no sulks or strops or awkward feelings.
BUT this is not a 'brown banana' guarantee: you wouldn't take a banana back to the shop because you changed your mind or forgot to eat it and it went brown. Similarly, I will ask you to have actually tried out the techniques and strategies taught in this course, to give them a chance to work for you, in order to be eligible for a refund.
I hope you agree that's fair. x Clare
Yes. When you click on the 'count me in' button it will take you to a checkout page which has two options: pay in full and pay in four instalments.
You can choose the instalment plan, which will set up three monthly payments of £333, if you need to spread the cost.
Absolutely! I applaud employers who commit to investing in people's development - it's a win-win.
The easiest way is for you to ask your manager to authorise this as an expense for you to reclaim. That way you can sign up right away, via the checkout.
Alternatively, it can be invoiced direct to your company, but please bear in mind that it can take many months for companies to pay invoices and you wouldn't be able to start this course until that has been paid.
Also, if your employer has a complex, time-consuming process for us to register as an approved supplier, we would need to reserve the right to charge a fee to cover the administration time this can incur.
This programme is also available as an in-house group programme. If you're interested in that option, please get in touch here.
Obviously I don't know your personal circumstances, but if what is holding you back from the promotion or pay rise you deserve is needing to increase your self-belief, clear Imposter Syndrome, and take your visibility up a few notches so you'll be top-of-mind, then the answer is yes.
When I ran the 2019 Imposter Syndrome Research Study, I found that Imposter Syndrome was one of three hidden causes of the gender pay gap and lack of gender parity in leadership roles. This also applies to BAME equality and other groups who feel they are in a minority in their company.
The research study showed that clearing Imposter Syndrome helped women, in particular, to advance in their career.
Also, the more you believe in yourself, the more likely you are to succeed in asking for a pay rise!
Not at all! The Believe In Yourself! programme is designed to help you create breakthroughs in under 90 days.
But if you need to work through it more slowly, that's fine.
You get 'no-rush lifetime access', which means the course is there for you for as long as my training vault exists. And we're not planning on that going anywhere anytime soon.
The key, though, is to keep working through the course. If you're finding yourself putting it on your 'tomorrow to-do list' then it's worth going into the Facebook group or making the most of the calls to understand why you're procrastinating. It often means there's a subconscious fear around letting go of self-doubt and Imposter Syndrome.
They are run via Zoom and you'll have access to a Google calendar, to let you know well in advance when they are, plus some email reminders.
They are invitation-only for students who are on my Believe In Yourself! programme.
You can show up live on the call and I'll answer your questions / help you to get unstuck / celebrate your successes. Or if you genuinely can't attend live (it's the better option) you'll be told how to email me your question and I'll record a short video for you.
People often find they learn more from others' questions on these calls than from their own - they can be invaluable.
Got a question we haven't covered? Let Clare know here.