Imposter Syndrome….perhaps you’ve heard of it…maybe you’ve even experienced it.
It’s a real bitch! And it can stop us dead in our tracks and prevent us from doing great work.
In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, it’s that voice inside your head that says things like “Who am I to put this work out into the world?” or “Who’s even going to buy my (insert work here). I’m no expert. I don’t even have a degree in this, just life experience.” or “Who’s even going to read this? Maybe I shouldn’t even write it.”
Damn that voice! I hate it and I hate that it enters the minds of so many women, including my own! And more than that, I hate how many of us listen to it, let it take over and stop us from creating, sharing, selling….all of it.
Let me tell you something right now, my friend (and I’m heeding this advice as well)….
Someone out there needs you and your work! You may not even know them! But, I promise you they are out there and the Universe will bring them to you. And it will be beautiful!
The Friday after my first chemo treatment, I was laying in bed feeling absolutely horrible. I was not in a good place. I picked up my phone and looked at FB and saw that my beautiful friend Lyn was performing live. I clicked on the video and within minutes, my mood shifted. I felt lighter. Soon, I found I wasn’t thinking about how shitty I felt. Instead, I was surrounded by beautiful music and it was giving me hope.
Those lyrics you’ve been writing, someone needs to hear your words.
That painting you’ve been creating only in your mind, someone needs to see your art.
That course you’ve been outlining, someone needs to learn from you.
Bottom line, stop listening to that voice and GET YOUR SHIT OUT THERE! PEOPLE NEED YOU AND WHAT YOU ARE CREATING!
You have what it takes. You are the real deal. The Universe would not be speaking to you, telling you, nudging you, guiding you, to do the thing, if you weren’t meant to do it.
Now, I’m going to hit publish on this, before that voice creeps in (wink, wink).
I can’t wait to see what you put out in the world, beautiful friend!
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