How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Often when we are put in a place where we have to show our knowledge and expertise about a certain topic, we doubt ourselves and feel like we are a fraud. 

These self-limiting beliefs and harmful narratives are known as the Imposter Syndrome.

Imposter Syndrome is usually seen in accomplished people who feel uncomfortable accepting or even recognizing their achievements.

In this episode, I have a value-filled conversation about how to overcome Imposter Syndrome aka Imposter Phenomenon with Fiona Redding. Fiona is a mindset and meditation coach, speaker, and author.

The term Imposter Syndrome was originally coined by university professor Pauline Rose Clance in 1978. She had women students who were academically good but would downplay or dismiss their potential. 

She realized that it’s not just a syndrome but it’s a phenomenon that happens to all genders. From then on, the concept of the Imposter Syndrome was widely explored. 

Fiona explains that we have a set of programs and beliefs about ourselves that affects our emotional state. When we do things that we haven’t done before, we’re going to get shown that this is not okay.

This is what we call stepping out of our comfort zone. The moment we step into unfamiliar territory, self-doubt starts creeping in. We fail to see our brilliance, and we resort to feeling inadequate and reducing our self-worth.

Fiona mentions that this phenomenon can happen anytime, and it’s best to know the actions that you can do when it strikes. The initial phase should start with having awareness. We have to be aware of what we’re thinking and feeling.

It also helps to know your truth, ask yourself if your thoughts and feelings are true or are they a product of the imposter phenomenon. You can also employ the help of other people who see things from a different perspective. 

Remember that the Imposter Syndrome doesn’t choose its victim, you need to be ready when it shows up, and eventually, you will get better at how to deal with it.

Time Stamps:

  • The Happiness Hunter Podcast (01:47)
  • Fiona’s career journey (03:48)
  • What is Imposter Syndrome/ Imposter Phenomenon? (07:55) 
  • The different instances that Imposter Syndrome show up (10:33) 
  • The 5 Types of Imposter (12:52)
  • Drawbacks of comparing yourself to others (16:00) 
  • How Imposter Syndrome alters our perception of value and worth (18:35)
  • Practical things to do when dealing with Imposter Syndrome (21:12)

Resources Mentioned:


  • “Where I am now is where I am now, and where I am now is perfect.” -Fiona Redding
  • “Happiness is found in overcoming the obstacles and challenges in our lives and not in the absence of them.” -Fiona Redding
  • “At the end of the day, we are not our thoughts. We get to choose through our conscious awareness what we’re going to be focusing on.” -Fiona Redding

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About Fiona Redding

Fiona Redding is fondly called the Happiness Hunter, interestingly she has a podcast of the same name. Fiona is a mindset and meditation coach, speaker, and author. 

She helps business owners and leaders to upgrade mindset and well-being by utilizing life integrations instead of focusing on work-life balance.

There was a time in Fiona’s life when everything was in chaos and this led her to ask “How has this become my life?” She knew that if she wanted things to change, she needs to take responsibility and change first.

Ever since she made that faithful decision to change her life, she became a passionate Happiness Hunter. Now, she helps people and entrepreneurs navigate life and transform their approach to business.

Fiona does this by focusing on three specific areas: enhancing mindset, prioritizing the well-being and creating connection, and building community.