As our monthly focus on imposter syndrome comes to a close, we thought it was important to share with you our own personal experiences. Everyone experiences and handles this struggle in a different way. Read on to see how each member of our tiny but mighty team deals with imposter syndrome.
“I experience imposter syndrome anytime I share something new I’ve created with the world. My best tactics for overcoming it is to remind myself that I’m not alone and that many others feel this same way. I also remind myself that the fear usually means I’m doing something worthwhile and important!” – Taylor
“It’s funny, because I don’t feel like I’ve ever experienced imposter syndrome, but I think subconsciously I do? I have had this recurring dream the past few years that I secretly didn’t finish high school and that I have to squeeze in a couple more classes before my parents find out and get upset. And I’m definitely still in my 30s in this dream, LOL. I always have to wake up and remind myself, ‘No, you did finish high school. And college. And grad school.’ Whenever I feel like I’m doubting myself, which happens more subconsciously than consciously, I do a mental list of my achievements and remind myself of what I’ve accomplished and why I am who I say I am and not an ‘imposter.'” – Sam
“When I read the definition of ‘imposter syndrome,’ it might as well be my brain every day. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but in general, I doubt my skills, gifts and work. That could be attributed to me being an artist and my own worst critic, but it genuinely is hard for me to believe I can be successful in my work. Reading that out loud sounds really sad, but if I’m honest, it’s an underlying thing in my brain, so maybe talking about it is good and can help get me unstuck. Checking in with safe people you trust always helps me, too!” – Evalyn
“I’m a perfectionist, so when things don’t go exactly how I planned or go awry, I tend to get down on myself and dwell on why and how things turned out the way they did. I try to remind myself that no one is perfect, and it’s all part of living and learning.” – Nicole
“I like to deal with imposter syndrome head-on. Feelings are visitors, and it’s important to acknowledge that even when you feel terrible, it’s only temporary. I personally like to take to writing/journaling when imposter syndrome hits me. It helps me get out anything pent up, and figure out why I feel a certain way. Writing it down can be a very therapeutic experience.” – Wendy
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