Have you heard of ‘imposter syndrome’? More so, do you suffer from it yourself?
Don’t be afraid to raise your hand or to speak up. I deal with it myself on a regular basis, and quite honestly, I think we all do from time to time.
If you haven’t heard of this idea before, let me break it down for you…
According to Wikipedia:
Imposter syndrome is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
Beyond that mere definition, I think it also extends not just to what we HAVE accomplished, but what we actually BELIEVE we can accomplish.
Are you with me now?
I’ve been struggling with this a lot lately, especially as I think ahead to my future, goals and what I’m hoping to accomplish with my life, and I often find myself going “but I can’t do XYZ” or “there’s no way I could do XYZ” or “why would anyone hire me for XYZ, I know nothing/have no experience/some other self deprecating thought.”
It’s ridiculous. And also, it’s complete bullshit. (And I’m totally not apologizing for my language…this is me.)
Yet this is where my mind goes. But you know what? It’s time to break the pattern; it’s time to break the cycle; it’s time to change my thoughts.
Does that mean I’m going to wake up tomorrow and suddenly have the confidence to take over the world and never doubt another thing for the rest of my life? No, of course not. But it does mean that with each day where I can change my thoughts from being filled with limiting beliefs to believing in my own abundance, I am one step closer to those goals and desires I have for myself.
If I believe that I am stupid, broke, ugly, and undeserving of love, then I am going to constantly feel stupid, broke, ugly, and undeserving of love. BUT if I can change those thoughts around and believe that I am smart, successful, abundant, gorgeous, confident, and worthy of love, then those things are going to start showing up in my life.
There’s no such thing as an overnight success (despite what we want to believe or want others to believe), whether in business, music, or life; it all takes time, attention, energy and guess what, HARD WORK. So I’m working at it. I’m working at changing my thoughts; I’m working at believing that I am successful and abundant; I working to believe that people see my hard work, determination, dedication, love, desire, brains, success, etc…
I’m working to break the damn imposter syndrome mentality because I am WORTHY and DESERVING of so much more than that!
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Now tell me, do you suffer from imposter syndrome?