Imposter Syndrome

Hello friends,

If you google Imposter Syndrome, one of the first things you'll see is this loose definition:

doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud

Already I feel attacked, just from the definition!

People with ADHD have already been doubting our abilities for so long because we could always see those glimpses of us at our best, but fail to keep it consistent.

Many of us learned to be harsh critics, so even when we succeed at things, we don't really count it as a success.

We find ourselves thinking "that was too easy for me because I was in hyperfocus" or some other excuse to invalidate what should still be seen as an achievement.

This issue gets even worse when you consider the fact that we have poor memory:

One thing we can do to try and combat this is to actively take the time to record our achievements.

I've written before about keeping a Victories Mix Tape.

Knowing our memory is going to fail us, we can be proactive about recording our victories and our wins.

Build a list of achievements and successes outside of your brain.

If you're like me, you'll tell yourself "I won't forget" right before you forget. So write it down!

Then you can review them and replay what those successes felt like and why you shouldn't feel like a fraud and doubt yourself.

Just the fact you're reading this means you're probably taking some active steps in better understanding your ADHD—that in itself is a big win that you shouldn't discount.

Stay focused,

Jesse J. Anderson

P.S. I've been experimenting with releasing early draft chapters from my book Refocus as Twitter threads. See if you can spot them. 😉



🎙 Overcoming Imposter Syndrome [Start A Movement With Your Message Podcast]. Samantha Demers has become a leading voice on tackling imposter syndrome (she's even writing a book on it!). This interview covers how she overcame it herself by embracing commitment and putting herself out there.

📝 Beat Procrastination and Stay Motivated with ADHD. Jeremy Finck talks about why co-working/body-doubling is one of the most powerful techniques for beating procrastination with ADHD with recommended practices and links for getting started.

🐦 My 10 Favorite ADHD Tweets/Threads (Feb 3rd) Avoid toxic productivity advice from neurotypicals. It's not their fault, but that advice won't do anything but make you feel like a failure.