Congratulations, you have Imposter Syndrome!

It’s easy to think yourself into a corner. To believe you are not good enough. That you’ve got no right to be doing what you’re doing. But if you didn’t think those thoughts? It’d mean you were a sociopath. Despite what you think, you’re not the only person that feels this way. Take comfort in that you are a well-adjusted, ‘normal’ person.

The only way out of Imposter Syndrome is through. You’ve got to fully embrace the feeling of being a fraud. Say it loud and proud. Tell everyone you meet that you have no idea what you’re doing. Congratulate yourself even! You are doing work that doesn’t have safety rails or a map. By definition, you have to be an imposter to be pushing yourself into the unknown. If you weren’t making it up as you go along, you’d already know what to do. Which means you would’ve done it already. But you haven’t, have you?

When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. Take a step outside of your body for a moment. Look at yourself from above (I’m sorry if you’ve got a bald patch). It’s like you are another person. It’s weird to take this perspective. It’s a practice the ancient Stoics used to help them understand themselves. Now, really look at this person. Look at how hard they’re being on themselves. Look at everything they’ve accomplished. Don’t you wish you could tell them that it’s going to be alright and that they’re doing great? Well, you can. Go ahead. That’s you! And you’re doing great.

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