Why is it that we no sooner recognize an ambition, come up with an exciting idea that we want to share, or want to go to a networking event to connect with potential clients that we start catastrophizing? You know, telling yourself why you shouldn’t do it because you are such a loser, stupid and don’t have good ideas, or that you suck at networking. Well, it’s because of that pesky saboteur archetype that is supposed to keep us safe, but instead, it keeps us chained to our comfort zone.
The Saboteur archetype is one of the four archetypes of survival from Carolyn Myss’s work and one of the 4 Imposter Syndrome Personas I talk about in my book, Power Past the Imposter Syndrome. This archetype is basically a voice in our head that tells us we’re not good enough and stops us from reaching our full potential. It’s all about catastrophizing and casting doubt, even before we’ve taken the first step so that we stay stuck in the Imposter Syndrome.
Self-sabotage is when we do things that undermine our goals and stop us from reaching our full potential. It can take different forms, like procrastination, perfectionism, negative self-talk, and fear of failure. When we engage in self-sabotage, we reinforce the belief that we’re not good enough or capable of success. We start to feel anxious, insecure, and inadequate, which only reinforces the idea that we’re imposters.
When we doubt ourselves, we’re basically questioning our abilities and telling ourselves that we’re not good enough. And when our inner critic joins in, telling us that we’re frauds who can’t achieve success, things can get even worse. If we’re afraid of failure, we might avoid taking risks or trying new things, which leads to procrastination and a lack of progress. And this just reinforces our feelings of inadequacy and failure.
Negative self-talk is another way that self-sabotage fuels the Imposter Syndrome. When we tell ourselves lies about our abilities and values, we start to believe that we’re imposters who aren’t capable of success. This can be really tough to overcome and can even lead to anxiety and depression.
But there’s hope! If you want to stop sabotaging yourself and power past the Imposter Syndrome, you need to get to know your brain, understand the mechanics of your mind, and get the help you need to help you work through limiting behaviors and barriers to achieving your potential.
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