Art of the Mind: Outsmarting Imposter Syndrome

Art of the Mind: Outsmarting Imposter Syndrome

You have this really cool idea. You have all the supplies. You know this would be so fun to do. You get everything pulled out. Your schedule is clear for the day. You start and are rockin’ it. It is looking Auh-maze-ing. You have been working at it for a few hours/days/weeks/months and you are really quite proud of yourself and how it is turning out. But suddenly you felt that nagging feeling. The one that seems to creep up from deep inside as a little voice of doubt. Then quickly seems to rear up into this huge wave that dwarfs all motivation and drive that you just had. Suddenly you feel like you're a fraud, waiting to be exposed.

"They" will find out that you really have no clue what you are doing.
That you don't have enough experience or credibility.
That you don't have the education.
They will mock you.
That you will realize you aren't as good as you thought

"Thoughts" like these are common. So common, that I would argue almost every single person on this planet has experienced something similar.

You're not alone. These feelings are a common symptom of imposter syndrome, a psychological phenomenon that affects most of us. In fact, I had a moment of imposter syndrome while I was working on a painting this week that I happened to catch on camera. I was recording some background content and you can see the moment the thoughts come over me by how my expression changes. Now, I was able to overcome this moment of imposter syndrome fairly quickly with some mental steps I have practiced over time that are becoming closer to second nature. Imposter syndrome doesn’t fully go away by this is something I have become more passionate about as I continue my own journey of self-discovery and I want to share with you what they are.

Recognize imposter syndrome for what it is 

The first step in overcoming imposter syndrome is to recognize it for what it is: a pattern of thinking and feeling like you don't deserve your accomplishments or that you're not good enough. It's important to realize that these thoughts and feelings are not based in reality, and that many successful people experience them. By acknowledging that imposter syndrome is a common experience, you can start to feel less alone and more empowered to take action.

Challenge your negative self-talk

When you notice negative thoughts creeping in, challenge them by asking yourself if they're true. Are you really an imposter, or are you simply experiencing self-doubt? Try to reframe your thoughts in a more positive light, such as by reminding yourself of past successes or focusing on your strengths. Practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself, as you would to a friend who is going through a tough time.

Seek support from others

Talking to friends, family, or colleagues about how you're feeling can be a great way to gain a new perspective and feel less alone. Just sharing your experiences with someone else can help you see things from a different angle and realize that others have gone through similar struggles. You may also consider seeking professional help, such as therapy, if you feel like your imposter syndrome is affecting your daily life.

Focus on your progress

Instead of fixating on what you haven't accomplished or where you fall short, focus on your progress and the positive steps you've taken. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem. Keep a record of your accomplishments and review it regularly to remind yourself of how far you've come. 

Practice self-care

Taking care of yourself is essential for maintaining a healthy mindset. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, exercise, and good nutrition. Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga, and take time to do things you enjoy. Set boundaries and prioritize self-care, as it is a key component of self-esteem and confidence.

Remember that overcoming imposter syndrome is a process

Finally, remember that overcoming imposter syndrome is a process, and it takes time and effort to change ingrained patterns of thinking. Be patient with yourself and keep working at it, and eventually you will start to feel more confident and capable. Remember that you are not alone in this struggle, and that with time and effort, you can overcome imposter syndrome and achieve your goals.

And remember, you are a work of art ♥

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