024: Overriding Imposter Syndrome

Season #1

Imposter syndrome. I’ll bet that you have a visceral reaction just to hearing me say those two words. Every creative that I’ve ever known has dealt with imposter syndrome at some point during their artistic career. Imposter syndrome is virtually impossible to avoid. But it’s not impossible to overcome. You are not helpless in the face of your imposter feelings. You can take steps to hit the mute button on that little devil on your shoulder whispering that you’re not good enough or that your work isn’t valuable. You can override imposter syndrome. Today, we’re going to talk about how to do that.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why “comparisonitis” is dangerous to your self-esteem as an artist and how to get out of its grip.
  • What it means to compare “like with like” as you look at others’ creative achievements.
  • Why it’s never a good idea to guess what other people are thinking or to guess their motivations. (Hint: it’s because human beings are really bad at this. We almost always guess wrong!)
  • How an attitude of gratitude can completely change your emotions around your creative work.
  • What steps you can take to make gratitude an integral part of your creative process.
  • Why your mental model matters, and how to change it to one that supports you and your work.

In this episode, I mention that registration is now open for the summer 2023 session of my Taming the Muse Group Workshop, and I reference two previous episodes of this podcast: 

I also reference Wikipedia's definition of "imposter syndrome,"  

A full transcript of this episode can be found hereFull transcripts of every episode will always be available at the Starving Artist No More Blog.

Thank you for listening. Please feel free to reach out to me at www.StarvingArtistNoMore.com, with any questions, comments, or feedback. I'd love to hear from you.