“I’m a fraud and everyone is about to find out. I feel that every time I am about to share something. I feel that right now writing this: I don’t even have impostor syndrome. That’s how bad my impostor syndrome is. I even think I’m faking that. If it’s part of my life, it’s fake. What is impostor syndrome? It’s feeling like an impostor when you’re not. Like you’re a fraud and the whole world is going to find you out. This makes total sense for undercover agents and people selling snake oil. It doesn’t make so much sense for people who are trying to make the world a little better or to sell something they believe in.”
~Intro to “How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome” by Kyle Eschenroeder.
When I stumbled upon this article I was amazed – it described me perfectly. In a previous post, I was writing about how difficult it was to call myself a writer. I had written that the title felt “undeserved.” I’m not alone – what I now know is Impostor Syndrome is something that many writers and artists face. Luckily, Kyle Eschenroeder wrote an amazing blog post highlighting 21 different ways to overcome it.
I have listed his 21 points below. If you would like to read the full article, you can find his full blog post here. I urge you to read it – you won’t regret it!
21 Ways To Overcome Impostor Syndrome
1. Come off it. Usually I feel like a fraud when I think I’m more important than I am. When you feel like a fraud it’s in relation to some perfection that never actually existed. Letting go of some of your excess self-importance will go a long way in helping you feel less like a fake.
2. Accept that you have had some role in your successes.
3. Focus on providing value.
4. Keep a file of people saying nice things about you.
5. Stop comparing yourself to that person.
6. Expose yourself totally.
7. Treat the thing as a business/experiment.
8. Say “It’s Impostor Syndrome” and it immediately becomes a little less terrible.
9. Remember: being wrong doesn’t make you a fake.
10. “Nobody Belongs Here More Than You.”
11. Realize that when you hold back you’re robbing the world.
13. Stream-of-conscious writing.
14. Say what you can.
15. Realize that nobody knows what they’re doing.
17. Realize that you are never you.
18. Authenticity is a hoax.
19. See credentials for what they are.
20. Find one person you can say, “I feel like a fraud” to.
21. Faking things actually does work.
I urge everyone to read his article if you have a few moments. It’s a bit long but completely worth the read – especially if you scroll down to the comments section and see how many people feel the same way you do.
Share your writing with the world!