Updated: Apr 30
Imposter syndrome seems to be a hot topic as of late, but some of us [raises hand high in the air] have struggled with this for a long time. It's just never had an official title before.
I can’t do it because I don’t have enough experience.
I won’t be successful because I’m not thin enough.
I have failed before, certainly, I’ll fail again.
Have you ever thought something along those lines?
If you haven't, congratulations, share below in the comments all your secrets!
But if you're like the rest of us mere mortals, it's a struggle you know all too well.
I first put a name to this feeling when I started writing. Many writers use it to describe the feeling of wanting to call themselves a writer, but not feeling like they've earned the privilege.
I get that. I feel that.
Who was I to write a poetry book... and then actually ask people to use their money to buy it?
Who am I to set a website, and write a blog like I am an expert? I haven't been enrolled in formal education since 2012. I've never taken graphic design or anything to do with web-based-anything. I'm not techy. I don't have a degree in English or Journalism, no MFA, or intention to go chase one.
There are so many reasons, I tell myself, that I shouldn't have done this, that I shouldn't have gone out on a limb to try something I'm no expert in.
And yet here I am.
And more importantly, here you are reading this.
If you've made it this far, first of all, thank you. I know you're busy and it means the world to me that you've taken your time to read through these ramblings. But if you did. If you did make it this far it's because you feel this too.
It's because you know the struggle.
You don't feel enough-ness.
You feel like you've failed [or are failing].
But guess what friend, you aren't.
You are killing it!
You're a great YOU. You're a great mom. You're a great teacher. You're a great parent. You're a great employee. You're a great writer. You're a great manager.
When you live into what you believe your purpose is, you can't go wrong.
Share in the comments what you've been telling yourself you can't do, I promise you are not alone. Let's crush those I can't statements, and rephrase them into a way that encourages you to live into your purpose.
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