What to Do When You Feel Like an Imposter

How to silence your inner (and outer) critics whenever they attack

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I Didn’t Even Flinch

I could have been hurt if I’d been standing a bit closer. I probably wouldn’t have died, but if the contents on the pallet had been 40 pound cases of cans, who knows?

It’s time to fight back.

We like to watch crime shows at my house.

When your imposter voice accuses you, act like your own defense attorney. Turn the tables. “Oh yeah? I’m an imposter? What proof do you have?”

If you counter with doubt every time your imposter voice speaks, then you’ll start doubting your own doubts. You’ll refuse to be a victim of your own inner critic. Sure, maybe you’re not perfect. But neither is the most informed authority in the universe. If what you say has value, you have as much right to say it as anyone.

Don’t stay quiet just because you have doubts.

Sometimes your wisdom can scare you.

If you’ve written for a while, chances are your words have touched people. When someone tells you that your words made a difference, you can rise from the deepest depths of despair.

Sure, you won’t thrill every reader. But you will please some.

Find a few friends who will be honest with you.

You don’t need anyone to confirm you suck.

Constructive feedback is actionable. You can do something with it. And you can do it right now. It can be a small step or it can be a major paradigm shift. Either way, you’re better than you were before when you implement it.

The best advice comes with hope that things can be better.

When someone criticizes you, evaluate it objectively.

You’ll have to step outside your ego to do this.

All art has critics. It’s just part of the game. Consider criticism a disguised compliment. Someone paid enough attention to your work to complain about it.

In this world of countless distractions, that is a noteworthy accomplishment.

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