I get imposter syndrome a lot. It happens in every realm of my life: teaching, coaching, writing, even freaking videogames.
I’ve been teaching for 7 years now, but I still feel like my ideas, goals, and strategies in my classroom aren’t worth sharing. I’ve been coaching for 4 years and I’m still stuck in wannabe-assistant coach limbo where I don’t even get to design practices. I just show up and do what I’m told.
It’s the same with writing. I’ve been writing since I was in the 5th grade, but I struggle with believing my work something worth sharing.
I even got imposter syndrome writing about imposter syndrome! What the hell? A few minutes ago, I was looking over what I had written and thought to myself, “I haven’t accomplished enough to have imposter syndrome.” No joke. I think the main struggle I have is in order for it to be “imposter syndrome” you have to have actually done something worthwhile. Otherwise, you don’t have a syndrome, you’re just an imposter.
Is this rambling making any sense?
This is another reason why I decided to self-publish. A large part of imposter syndrome angst is the fear of taking that chance. So I’m doing it.
I have something to say. YOU have something to say. It might be a story, an article, a piece of advice, an opinion, it doesn’t matter what it is. But it does matter that you have the right to say it. No one has to like or agree with what you have to say, but you still have the right to say it.
That’s it. That’s all I have for imposter syndrome. I can’t give any advice on it, other than if you’re thinking about doing something, just do it, Shia Labeouf style.