25 Sep Impostors Everywhere
Do you ever feel like an impostor? Like someone or a group of people are going to discover you’re not as good as you believe yourself to be? That your work is mediocre and not worth the hype?
Impostor syndrome is real. I’m reminded of just how common it is every time I surround myself with other creators.
I’m writing to you during a break from a writing retreat this weekend. Between in-person and online, over one thousand writers have poured their hearts into creating better work. We’ve heard from amazing authors like Anne Lamott, Sam Lamott, SARK, and Laura McKowen. Their words resonated with all of us, as they shared their unique experiences as writers, including the mental challenges they face when confronted by a blank page.
Impostor syndrome doesn’t discriminate based on success. No matter how accomplished we become, that inner voice of self-doubt and criticism can still sneak up on us, doing its best to stop us from creating. Feelings of unworthiness, procrastination, perfectionism, and other types of resistance manifest in various forms for each of us. Recognizing this is the first step towards conquering it.
To truly embrace our creative potential, we must intentionally confront these obstacles. We must commit to showing up daily to do the work, even when it’s not perfect (because it never is), even when we don’t feel like it (because often we don’t), and even when we don’t know how (because deep down, we do).
When we believe wholeheartedly in our dreams and what we want to create in the world, we can let go of feeling like an impostor and instead sit down and get to work. Your ideas matter. Your dreams matter. Get after them.
Ideas to Inspire
2. I love this fun, upbeat song Brighter Side by The Satellite Station.
3. Inspiring Quote: “Confidence is born on follow through.” – Claire Giovino
4. Book Recommendation: How To Do The Work by Dr. Nicole LePera draws on the latest research from a diversity of scientific fields and healing modalities to help us create a more vibrant, authentic, and joyful life.
5. Journaling Prompt: What are you most excited about accomplishing this week?
For more journaling prompts, check out my Create For No Reason Journal.