I just read that award-winning Maya Angelou, after publishing her 11th book, thought to herself: “Uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody.”
Can you imagine Maya Angelo feeling like fraud!! But looking back, I think of all the courageous, confident, highly successful women I’ve interviewed who told me they still felt like a fraud long after their careers were flourishing.
Sadly, the imposter syndrome is epidemic among women, even the most successful ones. In Neuroscience, I found a possible explanation as to why. Despite their achievements, these women never rewired their old belief systems.
They didn’t prepare themselves mentally as they pushed themselves physically. Because they hadn’t changed their thoughts, their brains remained wired to see only the past.
Their low self-image hadn’t caught up with their incredible successes. Their old neuropathways still dictated their current perceptions.
The moral of this story: before you focus on changing your behavior, you must transform the causes of that behavior—your thoughts and beliefs.
What thoughts and behaviors could you begin to rewire for success? Leave me a comment below.
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