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What limiting belief are you shedding?

It’s hard to believe it’s already September! This time of year is full of change – changes in schedules as kids head back to school, changes in weather, and maybe you’re looking for a change in your career.

In July we hosted our first Scale Your Career Day! Thank you to everyone who joined us. We had an amazing day filled with incredible speakers and attendees. 

One topic we spent some time on is shedding your limiting beliefs. We explored what limiting beliefs might be sabotaging our success and I’d like to invite you to spend some time exploring this idea as well.

Limiting Beliefs Include:

  • Imposter Syndrome
  • The Perfectionist
  • The Superhero
  • The Natural Genius
  • The Soloist
  • The Expert

Imposter Syndrome

You’ve probably heard the term “imposter syndrome.” Maybe you’ve even experienced it. Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon where individuals doubt their own accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud,” despite evidence of their competence and success. This phenomenon is commonly observed in high-achieving individuals and can hinder personal and professional growth, as individuals may avoid new opportunities due to the fear of being discovered as an impostor. Recognizing and addressing impostor syndrome involves acknowledging one’s accomplishments, reframing negative thoughts, and seeking support to build self-confidence and overcome self-doubt.

A graphic depticting a cycle wiht multiple colored arrows in a circle explains the Imposter syndrome Cycle. With no particular starting point, they read as follows: A new project, opportunity or task; Anxiety, procrastination or over-preparation; Project completion, a brief relief and sense of accomplishment; Rationalization (“I was lucky”, “somebody else would have done a better job”); and Increase self doubt, anxiety, feeling like a fraud.

The Perfectionist

Perfectionism and imposter syndrome often go hand-in-hand. Perfectionists set excessively high goals for themselves, and when they fail to reach a goal, they experience major self-doubt and worry about measuring up. 

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you ever been accused of being a micromanager? Are you micromanaging your job search or promotion opportunity?
  • When you miss the (insanely high) mark on something, do you accuse yourself of “not being cut out” for your job and ruminate on it for days?
  • Do you feel like you must be 100% perfect, 100% of the time?

The Superhero

Superheroes are convinced they’re phonies amongst real-deal colleagues, they often push themselves to work harder and harder to measure up.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you get stressed when you’re not working and find downtime completely wasteful?
  • Have you left your hobbies and passions fall by the wayside, sacrificed to work?
  • Do you feel like you need to help other job seekers figure out their job search?

The Natural Genius

Natural Geniuses judge competence based on ease and speed as opposed to their efforts

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you used to excelling without much effort?
  • Do you dislike the idea of having a mentor, because you can handle things on your own?
  • When you’re faced with a setback, does your confidence tumble because not performing well provokes a feeling of shame?

The Soloist

Soloists believe asking for help reveals phoniness.  It’s OK to be independent, but not to the extent that you refuse assistance so that you can prove your worth.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you firmly feel that you need to accomplish things on your own?
  • “I don’t need anyone’s help.” Does that sound like you?
  • Do you frame requests in terms of the requirements of the project, rather than your needs as a person?

The Expert

Experts measure their competence based on “what” and “how much” they know or can do. Fear being exposed as inexperienced or unknowledgeable.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you shy away from applying to job postings unless you meet every single educational requirement?
  • Are you constantly seeking out trainings or certifications because you think you need to improve your skills in order to succeed?
  • Even if you’ve been in your role for some time, can you relate to feeling like you still don’t know “enough?”
  • Do you shudder when someone says you’re an expert?

Which of these rings true for you?

Please email me at and let me know!

No matter your limiting beliefs, we can move beyond them. It’s time to take control of what is sabotaging you and increase your mental fitness. This is beneficial far beyond the workplace. Mental fitness will help bring you peace of mind, improve your relationships and help you go after everything you want in life. 

Curious to get started on improving your mental fitness? I suggest you start with the PQ Saboteurs Assessment HERE

A screenshot of a slide titled "Creativity & Curiousity". You've got to be mentally fit! A brain split in two haves separates a list of 6 Saboteurs that motivate you through negative emoations: fear, stress, anger, guilt, shame & insecurity. The other side of the brain lists 5 Sage Powers that motivate you through positive emotions: empathy, curiosity, creativity, passion & purpose.

Here’s to a successful new season! Interested in chatting more about this, fractional leadership, executive coaching, or what it means that I’m now a recruiter? Book a time to chat here!

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