Have you ever experienced feelings of self-doubt, fear and feel as though you are not good enough?  Then you may have been suffering from imposter syndrome, join Rob as he discusses his own experiences of imposter syndrome and you can identify it in yourself. Discover how feelings of self-doubt can have a huge impact on your life goals, why you should accept your feelings in order to overcome them and how to support your students and mentees going through it. 




Imposter syndrome is the feeling that you are not good enough, feeling fearful of the future and doubting your capabilities. These feelings can have a significant impact on your decisions to not carry out your personal goals and desires. 


The transfer of belief, faith and knowing that you are successful in one field, can often spill over and reinforce your character to give you that belief that you can go on to be successful in other things. The principles of success are enormously transferable. 


You have to lean into the challenges that you face in your life. You have to accept them and invite them in and make them welcome to be able to deal with them rather than pushing them away. It is only when you embrace them and make them part of you that you can successfully deal with them. 


To help overcome your imposter syndrome some strategies you can utilise are visualization and the practice of affirmations that reinforce your self belief and self image. The regular reading of inspiring and positive literature, listening to podcasts and associating yourself with successful people will affect your mindset so that you deal with and overcome those doubts and lack of faith that you have in yourself. 


As  leaders, managers and coaches you are going to have people in your teams that feel imposter syndrome, some much more than others. Some will hide it and some will let it out every now and again. You may have to spend more time with these people and allow them some leeway in order to help them to develop their character and overcome their struggles. 


“An imposter is someone who pertains to being someone they are not.” 

“I remember having those feelings of fear, doubt and feeling I wasn’t good enough.”

“Maybe it would have taken less time if the imposter syndrome I was suffering with wasn’t there.”


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Rob Ryles is a UEFA A licensed coach with a League Managers Association qualification and a science and medicine background. He has worked in the football industry in Europe, USA, and Africa; at International, Premiership, League, Non-League and grassroots levels with both World Cup and European Championship experience.


Rob Ryles prides himself on having a forward thinking and progressive approach to the game built through his own experience as well as lessons learned from a number of highly successful managers and coaches.


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