ABA Free CLE Series Webinar | July 16, 2018 | 1PM ET
Learn techniques to overcome negative thought patterns that can create an “imposter syndrome” that limits your ability to serve your clients with due diligence.
- Do you ever feel like all your accomplishments have been due to luck, chance, appearance, connections, or anything else that isn’t your own smarts, drive, and talent?
- Do you ever worry that you’re going to be exposed as a fraud, even when you’re well into your career or area of expertise?
- Do you feel like everyone around you is smarter, works harder, and does a better job than you do?
- Do you find yourself terrified of making mistakes and constantly believing you are likely to make one no matter how expert you get at your career?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ve got a case of “imposter syndrome.”
The term “imposter syndrome” was coined in the late 1970s and is described as a feeling of “phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement.” It’s generally accompanied to (and exacerbated by) perfectionism, black-and-white thinking, and intense fear of rejection and failure. These thought patterns create a perfect storm of insecurity, anxiety, and stress. Lawyers, especially those in solo practices or small firms, can become paralyzed by these thoughts. Women and minorities can be even more affected by these negative thought patterns.
In this program, we will discuss what imposter syndrome is, how it can affect your competence and judgment as a lawyer, and strategies for beginning to overcome it. Learn more and register here.