• Arsalan Al Hashimi

Imposter Syndrome

A widely held belief states that 70 % of people will suffer from Imposter Syndrome (IS) at some point in their careers. In my personal opinion, I think that labeling yourself as "something" or the other, is actually really bad for you.

Impostor syndrome is quite simply a fancy way to say that you have some self doubt in one area of your life, which to me isn't really worthy of giving a label. In my reality, if you give something a label or a definition, you immediately give it power, and you make it a permanent part of your identity. When that happens, we run into a huge problem.

What's really happening is actually very simple. You are having bad quality thoughts, and

these thoughts are generating certain emotions, that you are feeling. This can be applied to any

"syndrome" or "Mental Dis-ease" out there. In essence, negative feelings are a symptom of

bad thoughts. So it makes total sense that to fix whatever problem you're facing you need

to fix your thoughts.


Now I know that there are people reading this and thinking, "What do you mean?!

I have (IS) and it's something real!" To that I say, yes what you “have" is simply a

"life problem,” it is not an "illness", and when you make a life problem an illness, you

give it a lot of power and you weaken the person with the problem. If you're one of these people, just think about it for a minute. When you walked in to see whoever told you

that you suffer from IS, how did you feel afterwards? Did you feel better? or did you feel like your feeling got worse? If you're like me, and that's probably most of my

high achievers out there, you probably went on Google and researched all of these articles about

IS and slowly and surely it became a part of you... It became part of your personality...

It became who you are.... And don't you know, that you are so much more than that!

I personally feel that in these times, we are faced with a pandemic of "mental disorders "and

over diagnosed and over prescribed "patients" who in reality suffer from no illness, and all they

really are, are people with an over burden of life problems, which in my reality suffer from no illness at all.

As a High Performance Master Coach, I am a lot more interested in getting to the root cause of the issues that my clients face, so that I can assist them in finding permanent and ever lasting solutions to their problems. Diagnosing someone with a labeled illness, and only giving them solutions to adjust their behavior, is like giving someone a paracetamol for a headache: You haven’t really given them a solution for the problem, you are only treating one of the symptoms of a deeper problem.

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