SHARED FROM UPWORTHY:
Lots of people have projects they’ve been sitting on.
For some people, it’s legitimately because some thing they need to move forward has stalled or because they really do have too much on their plate to get to it.
But for many people, it’s something else entirely. It’s this gripping fear that can set in, making you doubt whether you have any place at all trying to do the work you feel called to do.
Maybe it’s a book you keep meaning to write. Maybe it’s a class about a very specific subject matter you know about that you would like to teach. Maybe it’s an art project you don’t think anyone would take seriously. That obstacle is called “impostor syndrome.”
I’m going to break down what it is here and give you two easy-to-remember steps that you can use to keep working on your project in spite of suffering from this fear.
There’s a tension between what comes naturally and what we value.
As Carl Richards, The New York Times’ “Sketch Guy,” explains:
“Two American psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, gave it a name in 1978: the impostor syndrome. They described it as a feeling of ‘phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement.’ While these people ‘are highly motivated to achieve,’ they also ‘live in fear of being “found out” or exposed as frauds.'”
Sometimes because a skill we have comes easily to us, we think it must not be that valuable. So when we try to pass it off as valuable, we think we must be fooling people.
Remember, what’s easy to you may be really quite difficult for someone else, and that’s why what you’re good at has value. What’s important is to try to see that fear for what it is and overcome it, even if just long enough to keep taking next steps with your work. And speaking of next steps:
There are pretty much two main steps to doing cool things.
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