Every morning, as I embark on another day in the world of engineering, I confront an unseen adversary – imposter syndrome. I am Divya Natarajan, a Senior Electrical Engineer, specializing in Robotics, and I want to share my daily journey of overcoming self-doubt in a field that often feels like uncharted territory.

Embracing My Achievements, Big and Small
The first step in my daily battle against imposter syndrome is to consciously acknowledge my accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. It is easy to get caught up in the belief that I don’t deserve my successes, so I have made it a point to celebrate every victory – completing a challenging task, receiving positive feedback, or contributing an idea in a meeting. By focusing on my achievements, I reshape my mindset and reinforce the idea that I am indeed a valuable contributor in my engineering endeavors.
Cultivating My Supportive Network
I have found strength in surrounding myself with a supportive network of mentors, peers, and friends. Imposter syndrome can be isolating, but by having open conversations with others who understand my journey, I have discovered a powerful source of empowerment. Seeking guidance from experienced colleagues and sharing experiences with fellow women engineers reminds me that I am not alone in this struggle and that support is readily available.
Continuous Learning: Embracing My Growth
In a field where technological advancements happen at lightning speed, I have learned to see each project as an opportunity for growth. Instead of fixating on what I don’t know, I focus on what I can learn. Every challenge becomes a chance to expand my skill set and knowledge, transforming imposter syndrome from a hindrance into a catalyst for personal and professional development.
Affirmations and Positive Visualization
Positive self-talk is a cornerstone of my daily routine. I start each day with affirmations that reinforce my capabilities, and visualizing success helps counteract the negative thoughts that imposter syndrome can bring. This practice not only builds my confidence but also allows me to confront self-doubt head-on, reminding myself of the skills and experiences that make me a competent and accomplished engineer.
Championing Diversity and Inclusion
As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, I actively contribute to creating a more inclusive environment. By championing diversity, we break down the systemic barriers that contribute to imposter syndrome. Representation matters, and I believe that seeing more women in leadership positions sends a powerful message that we belong here. My commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion is not just a professional mission; it is a personal strategy to combat imposter syndrome by fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and accepted.

In the face of imposter syndrome, I stand as a testament to resilience and empowerment. My daily practices not only propel me forward but also serve as an inspiration to others in the field to confront their own doubts and excel as confident and capable women engineers.