17 Genius Tips For Dealing With Impostor Syndrome

    FYI, you're not a fraud.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community and a few experts to share the best ways to deal with impostor syndrome.

    Impostor syndrome is how experts typically refer to the persistent belief that you got to where you are not through your own abilities or hard work, but through luck and basically tricking people into thinking you're better than you are.

    So whether you feel like a fraud at work, at school, or just in life, here are some tips for feeling like you have your shit together and owning it.

    1. Don't compare your insides to someone else's outsides.

    2. Accept that you're not 100% qualified to be where you are — and that's OK.

    3. Strike a power pose.

    4. Keep a file or a list of good things people have said about you and your work.

    5. Ask yourself, "What would I say if my best friends came up to me voicing the same worries I have?"

    6. Be open about how you feel, because chances are, other people feel the same way.

    7. Style yourself in a way that makes you feel empowered AF.

    8. See what happens when you let yourself accept compliments.

    9. Find little things you feel like a master at, even when you feel like an impostor doing everything else.

    10. Get out of your head a little bit by doing things that have nothing to do with your work.

    11. Just go ahead and do before you can convince yourself you're not qualified to.

    12. Practice talking about your accomplishments with friends and family.

    13. Try not to freak out when you don't immediately pick up on something new.

    14. Call your mom, grandma, grandpa — whoever thinks you're the best thing since sliced bread.

    15. Ask for help and advice often.

    16. Fake it 'til you make it, because eventually you won't feel like you're faking anymore.

    17. Take a deep breath and...just keep doing what you're doing.