10 Tactics To Bust Your Self-Doubt, Step Into Your True Value, And Be Your Best Self
Limiting beliefs and their resulting self-doubt most often indicate Imposter Syndrome, a pervasive internalized feeling that you are not skilled enough for the work you are doing or aspire to do. This results in you feeling that you don't belong in your workplace, in your role as caregiver, and in many other aspects of your life. Ironically, this self-devaluation is more commonly experienced by high achievers, and it flourishes in fields that require specialized training, so it is no wonder that it hits the legal profession hard. Although most people have experienced this phenomenon in at least one aspect of their lives, they do not talk about it, as it involves a fear of being exposed as a fraud.
This self-doubt is very addressable, and by learning more about Imposter Syndrome and by implementing certain practical techniques, you can more objectively and accurately assess yourself, step confidently into your true value, and bring your best self to your life with comfort and authenticity.
The BelongLab course was the best boost that I didn't know I needed. This was not five weeks of navel gazing and feeling sorry for yourself. We worked through exercises that really helped each person examine questions like "what is holding me back?" and "how do I feel when I am having a moment of lower confidence?" We learned habits and practices to help us feel more authentic in our talents and realistic about how people react to us. Recognizing reactions and behaviors went a long way for me in redirecting my energy into cultivating confidence, not feeding fear. This is not a class in "how to act" or be like someone else, but how to carve through the nerves and self-doubt to present yourself as you really know your best self to be. As a woman of color I was so pleased to see that this intersectionality of who I am was honored and incorporated into my learning. Neha is a great leader- her presentations feel like sitting and having a cup of tea with a smart, insightful friend. I truly came out of the course feeling centered, encouraged, and proud of who I present at the workplace.
The Owning Your Value course really helped me quiet my mind so that I could focus on how I was feeling about my career and my practice. Once I did that, I was able to make some perspective shifts and decisions to help me move forward in a healthy and intentional way. Rather than feeling inadequate when I recognized a strength in a colleague, I have been able to see another’s talent as a resource - recognizing that being able to collaborate with colleagues is a win all around, and that we can all benefit from our collective expertise. Owning Your Value really gave me the push I needed to take the steps necessary to grow my practice and continue my professional development. Because of this course, I made some changes to my business model to more accurately reflect the value I bring to my clients. The Owning Your Value course catalyzed my action and progress in ways that have helped me professionally, personally, and financially, and I highly recommend it!
I’m a mom of two young kids and a full-time executive with a heavy travel schedule, so I was worried I wouldn’t have time to give the course (and this issue) the attention it needed. But the structure enabled me to complete assignments from planes, trains, and ride shares, and the materials were to the point and helpful. I was very clear on what I was supposed to do and found the time commitment doable. And more to the point, the investment was well worth the time! I highly encourage people who are high-achieving risk takers to take this course. You may think people of this type are immune to Imposter Syndrome but they’re in fact some of the most likely to succumb to this particular version of self-doubt! I’m grateful and fortunate that I learned about this course when I did. Thank you, Neha, for ensuring I didn’t sell myself short at a time of huge growth!
Neha Sampat, Esq. is CEO and founder of GenLead|BelongLab, where she focuses on building belonging and true inclusion. Through consulting, training, speaking, and writing, she helps organizations create peak‐performance, inclusive teams by addressing hidden barriers to belonging, such as internalized bias, unconscious bias, distrust in teams, and wellness challenges. She is a nationally sought-after expert on disrupting Imposter Syndrome and developing inclusive leadership.
In her work, Neha leverages her experience working as an attorney at both large and boutique law firms as well as her tenure as dean of students and leadership professor. Neha’s insights have been featured in Time Magazine, ABA Journal, Attorney at Work, ABA Law Practice Today, Thrive Global, the Heels of Justice podcast, the Women’s Advocate podcast, and numerous other professional publications and media. Neha holds BAs in Sociology and Political Science from University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, obtained her JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, received her Certificate in Graduate Applied Psychology, and is certified in Hogan personality assessment systems. Neha works across industry, from Pixar to Perkins Coie LLP, and UC Berkeley to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. You can read more of Neha’s insights at blog.genlead.co and follow her on TW/IG/FB at @belonglab.