Imposter Syndrome x Bravery

Have you heard the term ‘imposter syndrome’ floating around? It’s a name for that voice in your head that says, “Who do you think you are?” It’s that feeling of hot shame and the fear of being ‘called out’.

I think most of us have experienced Imposter Syndrome before. I, for one, had an encounter with it last weekend. I went to a conference where I was surrounded by successful, knowledgeable people who do similar work to mine. And, while a part of me was feeling so inspired and so happy to be learning with likeminded people, I couldn’t help but notice the little voice in my head telling me, “You’re so basic. You think you’re qualified to teach people? You don’t know anything that isn’t already known.”

Fortunately, the teachers at this conference were courageous & open-hearted, and they didn’t hesitate to admit that they were nervous, that they too felt like an imposter

I think, a lot of the time, imposter syndrome (although it feels terrible) can be a good sign... it means we’re doing something brave, we’re challenging ourselves. The shame & fear is just a byproduct — it’s our brain trying to protect us from uncertainty, failure, and rejection

So, next time your brain starts asking, “Who do you think you are?” I invite you to tell it that you’re human, perfectly imperfect, and that you’re learning & growing. Appreciate your strengths. Commend your bravery. Give yourself the acceptance & love that your brain is so afraid you won’t get