I think one of the biggest challenges, as I look for a job in new fields and begin working on my writing career, is imposter syndrome. Going through the steps, doing the work to head down that new path or reach your goals on the outside, and having that little voice inside telling you “You can’t do it!” “Who are you to do that?” “You aren’t a (fill in the blank)” “You’re an imposter!”
We all go through it at some point in our lives, but how do we beat it? I’m sure you can Google it and in .70 seconds you will get 2.7 million results. (I know because I just Googled it.)
I think the best way to beat it is to realize that anyone who has ever done anything meaningful or successful in their lives has had to deal with imposter syndrome as well. It’s a natural process based on the fear of what others will think and doubting your abilities. All of those successful people simply ignored it and refused to quit.
No matter how bad it got, they shut out the voice in their head and from anyone else, and just took action, one step and day at a time, until they saw results.
We need to show up daily and do something, no matter how small, to keep us moving forward and prove that we belong right where we are.
After all, the greatest masters started as clueless novices.