Okay, I'm not going to lie here:
The life of a creator is hard.
You compare yourself to others putting their content out and you think by yourself:
I can never be as good as them.How can I build an audience from scratch and thrive as a creator?I’m not an expert in my field.
You fucking are.
Excuse my French here.
But, you are.
No one is uniquely you.
Not a single human being brings the expertise, skills, personal traits you bring.
Share your real story.
Help those who go through the same struggles as you did.
Give the advice you needed to hear 6 months ago.
So, let's talk about the elephant in the room:
Your so-called imposter syndrome:
Here are 5 ways to deal with this self-sabotaging behavior.
Number 1: Nobody you know cares about your new hobby
Expecting that the people who care about you to care as much about your ambiguous obsession as you do is insanity.
This has actually nothing to do with you and your success.
To be frank, people only *really* care about themselves.
The only barrier to entry for sharing your thoughts with the world is in your own head.
Now you’ve read this, it shouldn’t.
Number 2: The people on the internet do care
Enter the internet and share your work with total strangers.
The fact that you’re reading this, means you possess the ability to reach the rest of your world with the device at your fingertips.
What’s the worst thing that can happen?
Nobody cares or even sees it.
The best thing that can happen?
Your work changes someone’s day, or better, life.
- post 1 tweet
- reply 1 time
- send 1 dm a day.
Do this for 30 days straight and watch your life transform. It’s not rocket science.
Number 3: Stop fooling yourself
By repeating "I feel like an imposter" to yourself, you keep this thought alive.
The more you focus on something you don’t want to happen, the more it manifests itself into reality.
The more attention you give to this limiting belief, the more you start to subconsciously sabotage your efforts.
Hear me out on this one:
Do you have a feeling your writing isn’t good enough? You’ll find ways to procrastinate the work.
Stop telling yourself this thing bothers you, and start creating.
You’ve done amazing things in your life.
What about all those achievements you had in your life?
Make a brag sheet to help your berry brain overcome negative thoughts.
Number 4: Find accountability
Alone you go fast, together you can go further.
The key is to look for like-minded people who share your lofty ambitions.
People who’ll support you.
Lift you up, instead of tear you down.
Attract like-minded people to exchange ideas and build each other up.
Find your tribe.
Number 5: Stop comparing yourself
Unless you’re running the Olympic 100 meters finals, comparing yourself to others doesn’t do much good for you.
You can envy other creators' success.
But, you don’t know the whole story.
Perhaps, they spent 10 hours creating and sacrificing precious family time.
You can’t see what happened behind the scenes.
That’s one of the reasons you should focus on the only thing you can control:
your own output.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but..
There’s only one thing you can do..
- To create.
- To engage.
- To network.
This syndrome is subjective to everyone, but it’s a fact that it's self-sabotaging behavior.
Trust me, anyone can be a creator nowadays.
You only need to trust your unique, quirky self and start putting yourself out there.
Nobody beats you at being you.
You have a unique set of skills, interests, and personality.
Some people spend their whole lives waiting for the sound of a starting gun that never goes off. There is no such thing as “fully ready.” So don’t wait. Pull the trigger yourself. The thing you’ve been waiting for is your own permission.
You don’t have to strategically plot your moves over a long period of time.
Your skills and interests will emerge through action, not contemplation.
Follow your interests.
Trust your instincts.
Write the article you want to read but haven’t yet been written.
That's it for today.
We chat tomorrow.
Your Personal Creator Guide,
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