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Imposter Syndrome for Artists: Tips to Overcome Self-Doubt and Create with Confidence


As an artist, you pour your heart and soul into your work. But sometimes, despite your accomplishments and successes, you may feel like a fraud. You may wonder if your talent is real or if you just got lucky (even ten times in a row!). You may fear being exposed as a fake, and this is what's called Imposter Syndrome.


Imposter Syndrome affects artists of all kinds, from painters to musicians to writers, from the very beginners to mature well-know names. It's a common feeling of self-doubt and anxiety that can hold you back from creating your best work. But it's essential to know that you're not alone (we are two here at least!), and there are ways to overcome these feelings and create with confidence.



Here are some tips to help you overcome Imposter Syndrome:

1. Recognize your accomplishments

When you're feeling like an imposter, it can be easy to dismiss your accomplishments and focus only on your perceived shortcomings. Instead, take time to reflect on what you've achieved so far in your artistic career. Write them down and put on your desk right in front of you. Literally - you have to see the list every day! celebrate them. Whether it's a published book, sold first picture or hundred likes under a painting reel, each achievement is worth acknowledging and feeling proud of.


2. Connect with other artists

It's helpful to connect with other artists who have experienced similar feelings. Once you start to follow more art-fellows, you'll find (and I bet, you'll be surprised) that you're not alone in feeling this way, and hearing other people's experiences can help you gain perspective on your own.


3. Practice self-compassion

Be kind to yourself, and remind yourself that it's okay to make mistakes. Allow yourself to be human and embrace the learning process. Don't beat yourself up for not being perfect or for not achieving your goals as quickly as you'd like. Practice self-care, and do things that make you feel good. (Another list with cheering-up thongs might help as well)


4. Reframe negative thoughts

When negative thoughts arise, try to reframe them. Instead of thinking, "I'm not good enough," try thinking, "I'm still learning, and that's okay." Instead of thinking, "I'm a fraud," try thinking, "I'm good enough and have worked hard to get where I am."


5. Focus on the process, not the outcome

Remember that creating art is a process, and it's not always about the final product. Enjoy the process of creating, learning and experimenting and don't get too caught up in the outcome. Try to stay present and focus on the process. (And check the list from your desk!)


Imposter Syndrome is a common feeling. But it's important to remember that you're not alone, and there are ways to overcome it. By recognizing your accomplishments, connecting with other artists, practicing self-compassion, reframing negative thoughts, and focusing on the process, you can overcome self-doubt and create with confidence. Keep creating, and don't let negative thoughts hold you back from sharing your talent!


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