You begin your passion.
You buy your first camera, start your fashion blog, create your first living room design. You understand that you may have a lot to learn, but you are ready to get started.
It’s one thing to launch a website, print a business card, or even download new programs. It’s another thing to truly believe that you deserve to be doing what you are doing.
Common questions influenced by imposter syndrome:
Who am I to be doing this?
Why would anyone listen to me?
Am I talented enough for this?
What do I really have to say?
What will people think of my new passion?
Have you been asking yourself any of these lately? We want you to stop. Stop doubting you have the abilities to fulfill your passion. Stop thinking other have more right to do something than you do. Stop believing that you are not good enough or educated enough to start something you love.
The truth is, we’re all learning as we go. There is not a single one of us that is perfect at any given passion or job. Not one.
Most of the people we idolize today got to where they are simply starting, failing, starting again, probably failing again, starting AGAIN, and are now on their way to succeeding with a few behind-the-scenes bloopers along the way.
If you are passionate enough to start doing something you love, you will succeed as long as you work hard enough, are willing to learn, and trust yourself.
Some steps to getting over imposter syndrome:
Continue learning and implementing new thing
Imposter syndrome first hits when we believe we are educated enough in a subject to speak about it, do it, or teach it. It’s no secret that the more you learn, the more you’ll fade away from this mindset.
Ask for help + critique
Friends, family, peers. Ask people who you know can help you achieve better things, help you to figure out what’s working and what isn’t, and most importantly to get honest answers to your questions. Having real-time critique of what you do can help you to improve faster and ultimately be the best you can be.
Set goals and timelines
Monitor your time and plan out what you want to get done and when. This simple tactic will keep you from falling off the wagon and making sure you are following through with your goals. Every time you fall off the wagon, is another opportunity to mentally penalize yourself for “failing.” So let’s avoid that!