True Potential with Competence, Confidence, and Courage!
Living with a disability can add a unique layer to imposter syndrome. We might fear being “found out” and rejected when our disabilities are discovered. But remember this: your disability does not define your worth or potential.Sylvia Stinson-Perez
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Life is a journey of self-discovery resilience, determination, and hope.
Imposter syndrome is a daunting challenge that often plagues many of us, and, let’s put it right out here, most people experience this. Imposter syndrome is the nagging feeling of inadequacy despite evidence of success. It’s the little voice that whispers, “You don’t belong here,” or “You’re not good enough.” It’s universal, affecting people from all walks of life, but it can be especially relentless for those of us with disabilities.
We often battle the societal perceptions that cast us as less capable or less deserving. Most of us have this feeling that we are not smart enough, talented enough, and that we are just making it up as we go along. I think it is empowering knowing that we are not alone in this feeling. However, I do believe that as we gain competence, confidence, and courage, we can reduce our feelings of inadequacy and learn to shine.
Competence, Confidence, and Courage
Competence is essential to ensuring you are viewed as credible. It is demonstration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is showing that you are capable.
Developing Competence is a journey, it is the continual and intentional effort of improving skills and knowledge through education, training, and experience.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”~Helen Keller
Confidence is having a realistic assurance about yourself, your skills and abilities. It is believing you can! To boost confidence Challenge your self-doubt by setting achievable goals, celebrating successes, and seeking feedback for improvement. And, of course demonstrate courage by getting out of your comfort zone more often.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”~Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”~Nora Ephron
To cultivate your Courage, you must face your fears, take calculated risks, get out of your comfort zone, and stand up for what you believe in, even in the face of adversity and doubt. Courage is the determination to keep moving forward, even when there are challenges and obstacles.
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it’s that little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”~Mary Anne Radmacher
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Living with a disability can add a unique layer to imposter syndrome. We might fear being “found out” and rejected when our disabilities are discovered. But remember this: your disability does not define your worth or potential.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”~Winnie the Pooh
Here are some specific steps you can use to overcome imposter syndrome:
- Acknowledge Your Achievements: Start by recognizing your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. Celebrate your victories, for they are the bricks in the foundation of your success. Each day identify at least one success, one thing you did to demonstrate your competence and build your credibility, one moment when you felt incredibly confident and brave.
- Set Realistic Goals: Break down your aspirations into manageable steps. This will not only boost your confidence but also provide a clear path toward your objectives.
- Speak Your Truth: Share your experiences and challenges with trusted friends, family, or mentors. Voicing your feelings can help dispel the myth that you are an imposter.
- Seek Support and Community: Connect with individuals who have similar experiences. Join support groups, online forums, or local organizations. You’ll find strength in unity.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”~Helen Keller
Remember, you are not alone on this journey. Embrace your uniqueness, challenge your doubts, and soar to new heights. It’s time to unmask the true hero within yourself. You are not an imposter. You are a remarkable individual with boundless potential, and your disability is not a limitation; it’s just one facet of your bold and beautiful, multifaceted self.
So, go out there and conquer the world, for you are the embodiment of strength, resilience, and inspiration!
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Connecting With Sylvia
Sylvia Stinson-Perez is an experienced and well-recognized and regarded professional in the blindness field. She has served as the Executive Director/CEO of a non-profit agency, as the project director for major federal grants at a university, and as senior leader at a national blindness organization.
Sylvia has also been actively involved in local, state, and national boards and advocacy groups. As a person with lived experience, she has dedicated her career to making a positive impact in the lives of others who are blind and low vision. When not engaged in work or volunteer activities, Sylvia enjoys travelling, crocheting, reading, and cooking.
- A mime holding up two masks in black & white on a white background.
- A woman with a disability posing confidently with a bright smile.
- A business woman with a disability deep in thought, contemplating her self-worth and potential.
- A person with a disability surrounded by a diverse and supportive community, symbolizing the power of connection.
- A man with a disability climbing a mountain, representing the triumph over imposter syndrome.
- Sylvia is wearing a blue dress with a lighthouse behind her as the sun goes down.