“I had read in books that art is not easy
But no one warned that the mind repeats
In its ignorance the vision of others. I am still
the black swan of trespass on alien waters.”
― Ern Malley
Impostor syndrome is a fundamental misunderstanding. What at first appears to be a negative condition actually points the way to human growth.
Impostor syndrome has many forms:
Feelings of inadequacy or not measuring up
A fear of being exposed as a fraud
A fear of success or guilt for being successful
Disbelief in ability even when praised
These feelings are designed to regulate human growth in the following ways...
You are driven to be better. This drive comes from deep inside. It requires more of you even atop the loftiest of perches. Your ability to question your own existence means the rabbit hole of growth has no discernible end. Have faith in your ability to improve. And never feel guilty for the growth you achieve.
Discomfort in all its forms signals the edge of what is known. Feeling inadequate is entirely natural in this place. Do not retreat. Take one more step into the unknown. The amount of discomfort experienced regulates the distance traveled beyond your comfort zone.
With wisdom comes the realization of just how little you know. One question leads to another. A true master is a lifelong apprentice, never fully measuring up to a vast universe spun from a web of unending secrets. Do not shy away. Embrace it as the path of enlightenment.
The drive to improve propels you into the unknown.
The level of discomfort signals your potential for growth.
Feelings of inadequacy keep your ego in check.
Impostor syndrome is only a negative condition if you fail to recognize its purpose. It is not the obstacle you were lead to believe. On the contrary... It points the way.
🤔 Food for Thought:
Have you experienced impostor syndrome?
How did it affect your ability to improve?
Can you now see it as various forces in tension regulating your growth?
⚙️ One Small Step:
When you experience the symptoms of impostor syndrome, take stock of where you are in relation to your comfort zone. What are these symptoms telling you? How can you use them to regulate the size of your next step into the unknown?