Yes, you’re an imposter. But you’re an imposter acting in service of generosity, seeking to make things better. When we embrace imposter syndrome instead of working to make it disappear, we choose the productive way forward. The imposter is proof that we’re innovating, leading, and creating.
- Seth Godin, “The Practice”
For the longest time I thought the Imposter Syndrome was something to overcome or avoid. It’s not till recently I’ve learned it’s here to stay. It’s not going anywhere.
Before I started coaching it was, “Who do you think you are even trying to do anything other than photography?”
When I started coaching, “What do you know about coaching? Why would anyone want to be coached by you? You just started!”
When I got my first client, “Oh wow, this is working isn’t it. Well let’s see how long this goes. I can’t believe it worked, I never thought it will.”
When my roster of clients filled up, “Yeah, you may have clients now but they are going to drop you as soon as they can. You’re not really helping them. There’s nothing of value you are providing for them.”
It. Never. Stops. And if it isn’t going anywhere, you can reframe the problem and lean into it rather than try to out maneuver it.
So yes, yes! I am an imposter. I’m doing something I’ve never done before, that’s why it’s so meaningful. I’m challenging and pushing myself to do something new. I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing but that doesn’t mean I should stop.
Because whether or not it works is separate from committing to the process of showing up everyday and doing the work as best as I can.
The imposter syndrome is a signal, it’s a harsh light on the path towards generous creativity. Don’t try to turn it off. Put on some sunglasses and focus on what it’s illuminating.