Are You Not Releasing Music Because You Feel Like An Imposter? Here Are 3 Ways To Crush That Feeling

mindset Sep 21, 2022

Do you feel like you’re not good enough? Or maybe you need a little more time to get it right? Or perhaps just a little more time to practice so you can improve? At what point are you ready? And at what point are you procrastinating because you’re scared that you might just not be good enough? Maybe you just feel like an imposter? 

This is what we call imposter syndrome.

But! There is good news! You’re not the only one that feels like this! I really believe that most people feel like this. The only difference is the way we deal with it. How do you handle those thoughts and feelings of not being good enough? Or not being ready? Or the thought I have most often… ”who are you to be doing this”?

When those thoughts present themselves, what do you do? What is your thought process, and how do you overcome those feelings, or do you give into them?

Feeling like an imposter can stop you in your tracks. It will play tricks on your mind and hold you back from reaching your full potential. So I want to give 3 ways to totally CRUSH those feelings!

1. Recognise the feelings for what they are. Many of my students experience imposter syndrome, and I still do to this day, but the one thing most of us don’t do is recognise it for what it is. You can’t fix what you don’t know is broken.

The best way to discover if you are experiencing imposter syndrome is to listen to your inner dialogue. What are the things you’re saying to yourself? Are you talking yourself out of things? When you start to listen to your inner self-talk, you can stop and break down the dialogue. Then you can ask yourself, is this really true? Is what I’m saying to myself a fact, or is it just what I think? Approach this methodically rather than emotionally, and assess from a distance. What I mean by this is, pretend you’re someone else when you’re assessing your self-talk.

Once you figure out if you’re experiencing imposter syndrome, you can then put a plan in place to manage it. I say manage it because I think it’s an incredibly difficult thing to overcome, but it can be managed. 

*Remember, when you’re assessing your inner dialogue, ask yourself if you know these thoughts to be true 100% or if it’s just a thought. If it’s just a thought, then you can call that imposter syndrome.

2. Let go of trying to be perfect! Trust me; it will send you crazy! While there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to produce quality work, the faster you accept that you don’t have to be perfect, the quicker you will move forward. 

A lot of us experience imposter syndrome because we are stuck trying to get everything perfect. It might be that you’re worried someone will judge you and think that you don’t know what you’re talking about, but if you could make sure you’re perfect before doing anything, then you’ll be judged less! But it doesn’t work like that, and people will judge you whether you’re perfect or you’re not. The only thing perfectionism does for you is waste your time. 

You can start something and improve as you go! This was an unbelievably hard concept for me to accept when I first started learning about personal development. I could not accept that things were going out into the world, and they or even I wasn’t perfect. That’s one reason I achieved stuff all for the first 30 years of my life! 

Perfectionism isn’t a bad thing until it prevents you from moving forward, so just start. I love the saying, “done is better than perfect” you can always improve on done, but you can’t improve on anything when you don’t start. 

3. Run your own race. I am so guilty of this one myself. I would always, and still at times, compare my journey with others. It’s important to remember that you don’t know what happens behind the scenes. You don’t have all of the information. You are comparing yourself with what you can see, so remember you don’t have all of the information. 

Work on being better than you were yesterday. When you create the habit of being better than yesterday, over time, the small changes add up, and you become a new person. You can create the person you want to be. 

When I discovered this, I spent an afternoon detailing the person that I wanted to be. I wrote down the characteristics I wanted to have, the attitude I wanted to possess, and the skills I wanted to develop. I thought about the way I wanted to treat people and the way I wanted to be viewed in society. Once I had a clear picture of who I wanted to be, it was easier to create that person. 

These are the three things that I think about when I am having imposter syndrome days. 

  1. I stop and recognise those feelings for what they are 
  2. I remember to let go of trying to be perfect 
  3. I remember that I am competing against myself! I run my own race. 

You can use these three questions to help you push past the unwanted feelings of imposter syndrome. I honestly believe that majority of people feel it; the difference is the way we respond to it. 

Leave me a comment and let me know if you have felt imposter syndrome and it has held you back from achieving your goals. 

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