We need tools to combat the inner critic when it shows up, (usually unannounced). I wanted to get specific with one of the inner critics called Imposter syndrome. Once you recognize that your thinking is really imposter syndrome, you can start to use tools to challenge it. By the end of this post you will know which journal prompts for imposter syndrome are a fit for you and how to put them to use.
What is imposter syndrome?
Imposter syndrome is when our inner critic is turned on and is telling you in a number of ways that you are not qualified enough for your craft. It is believing that you are going to be found out to be a phony, an imposter.
Recognize imposter syndrome
Look at the list of imposter syndrome statements and check off any that apply to you. You can then customize the ones on the list or add your own.
- There are so many artists better than me
- Someone else could do what I do, but better.
- Why should I bother trying?
- My art practice is a waste of time.
- My social media accounts are not as polished or curated as they should be.
- Who am I to call myself an artist?
- I didn’t go to school for this.
- What if someone finds out how little training I really have?
- What is someone tells me I have no talent?
- I don’t deserve to be in the front of the stage.
- It must be luck that got me here.
- Someone is going to find out I have no talent.
Even as you read through this tutorial, you may be doubting your ability. Can I do this? Is it too hard? What if I mess up?
I know I can help you as I have been where you are. I held back for years sharing my creations because I was constantly worried that others would call me out, revealing my lack of talent.
As creatives, you and I can be held back due to negative thinking. It might look like comparing your ability to others or not having the confidence to pursue your creative talent or putting your creations out into the world.
Is that you? Have you ever found it difficult to cope with imposter syndrome, your inner critic, fear of failure, perfectionistic tendencies, and being hesitant to share your work?
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Challenge imposter syndrome
Let’s take one of the imposter syndrome statements above and challenge it with a series of questions.
Someone is going to find out that I have not talent.
What will you do if this happens? I will be embarrassed.
Will their findings keep you from creating your art? Maybe for a time.
How can you be certain that what they say is true? I guess I can’t be certain.
Are there “talent” credentials? No, I guess not.
What is your talent? I create repeating patterns for fabric.
Who determines your talent? Future companies?
What if they don’t like your work? I’ll find someone that does
Isn’t talent subjective and individual? Yes
So, would you agree that you have talent? Yes
Can you develop your talent? Yes
Do you see how a series of specific questions can unearth what is irrational and what is truth?
Imposter syndrome journal prompts
The following journal prompts are the result of challenging and reframing the imposter syndrome lies (listed above ) into truthful affirmations. Each number below corresponds with the imposter syndrome statements above.
- I am unique and talented in my own right.
- No one else is me, no one can create my unique work.
- My effort is worth my time and dedication.
- My art practice is sacred and needed.
- I am appreciating what I have shared on my social media, and it’s a work in progress.
- I am choosing to call myself an artist, for this is who I am.
- There are many teachers in life other than going to school.
- My training is no one’s business but mine and who I choose to share it with.
- I am choosing to listen to those who support me and my work.
- I am here for a reason and I have a right to be in the center.
- I got to where I am now through hard work and talent.
- I have talent and I do not need to prove this to anyone.
How and when to use imposter syndrome journal prompts
Choose a one or two that you want to work one. Practice writing one out once a day as well as any thoughts. It also helps to rate your belief when you write them out each day. The goal is to increase your belief in your affirmation each day. Saying them out loud at the beginning of the day as a form of setting you intention, will also solidify them.
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I hope you have enjoyed learning about how to use journal prompts to challenge and reframe your imposter. If you have like what you have read, please share the love with a comment or pin. Thank you!
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