It’s that Time to Acknowledge Your Success and Stop Downplaying it

You’re Worthy of Success too

Comet N.
3 min readJan 15, 2024

My bet is, you see people who are highly successful and wonder if you’ll ever scratch the surface of where they are. You ponder and you continue to override your present state of being.

Forgetting that what you do everyday during your present times, counts towards how successful you become. Also forgetting that most times, success truly, is a state of mind and you’ve reached it.

Except something called Impostor syndrome won’t let you acknowledge it in peace.

Stretch. relax.

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Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon originally coined by psychologists Clance and Imes in the 70’s. It causes individuals to downplay their successes or achievements or feel like a fraud for achieving what they have or coming as far as they have. This syndrome tricks the mind into believing that the person is not what they claim to be, even though they are living it. It is often triggered by past negative experiences, which lead people to believe that they are not good enough and that their success is merely a fluke.

The effects of impostor syndrome can be profound and long-lasting. People who experience it may struggle to feel grateful and fulfilled, even when they have achieved great things. Their unconscious mind often tells them that there is no need to express gratitude and shifts their focus to their faults rather than their strengths. As a result, they may find it difficult to acknowledge their successes in life, even though they have achieved many things.

Those who struggle with impostor syndrome are used to living on the edge, even when everything is normal and leveled. They tend to seek out the painful and sufferable aspects of any life experience they have so that it can match their inner belief about their “unsuccessful” results. This mindset is often the result of negative life experiences that have led them to believe that they are not good enough.

To overcome impostor syndrome, it is essential to acknowledge the issue itself and seek help if necessary. This may involve working with a psychology professional or practicing mindfulness and real-time reflection to become more aware of the negative thought patterns that contribute to impostor syndrome.

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It is also important to understand that success can mean different things to different people. It’s noteworthy at this point to stop comparing yourself to others. Success is the feeling that comes with achievement, however, it is not always about attaining groundbreaking momentum. It could be something as small as a successful vacation trip back and forth, a completed daily goal, or a successful surgery of any kind. To something grandiose as accomplishing one’s dreams.

To overcome impostor syndrome, it is important to step out of one’s comfort zone and one’s downfalls. In the face of an attack acknowledging one’s faults and pointing your weaknesses first during a confrontation is a proactive step to weaken the enemy before they strike. By appreciating the struggles one has been through and stepping out of one’s comfort zone, it becomes easier to celebrate oneself when the good times arise and appreciate the bad times for their role in motivating one to strive for success.

It’s the time of the year to embrace your achievements no matter how little or inconsistent. It’s the time to credit yourself for coming so far regardless. Because no matter where you are, there are others somewhere wishing they had it as “good” as you do.

Think about it.

Thanks for taking the time to read.



Comet N.

A girl who writes & addresses toxic hidden agenda in the form of topical issues whilst digesting their relative life lessons. I can't alone— It's a ‘let's all’.