Dare I Ask the Question? On Imposter Syndrome, Sharing & the Creative Process
The more I explore this idea of The Creative Process, the more I fall in love with it.
It requires inquiry and discipline.
It calls for an on-going practice of self inquiry, self care, and self love.
And it pairs that whole exploration with a craft that has its hold on you: writing, art, speaking, performance, dance, etc.
This dual process has me thinking something... disruptive.
Something... not normally whispered in the worlds of personal growth and discovery.
Dare I ask the question?
What if Imposter Syndrome wasn't something to overcome but instead integral to The Creative Process?
For those who haven't come across this term before, Imposter Syndrome is defined as:
Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud". (source: wikipedia)
A lot of the talk I see around Imposter Syndrome is about circumventing it, bypassing it, tricking it.
And yet... I think it's part of the labor.
It's a part of the process that fine tunes our creative endeavors and projects.
Taking on Imposter Syndrome as a normal part of The Creative Process and Creative Living makes space for so much.
Holding Imposter Syndrome as tenderly as any other part of creative work means we have room to move onto the next step: sharing.
The two are coconspirators: Imposter Syndrome and Sharing.
Their magic works together:
Imposter Syndrome pushes you to create something just a bit beyond your reach. A bit better than you realized you were capable of creating.
Sharing allows for those who relish in your creations to applaud you, support you, buy from you.
Sharing makes the inevitable Imposter Syndrome less scary. Less intimidating.
Because Imposter Syndrome is a normal part of the Creative Process.
And Sharing is the antidote. Sharing is the part of the Creative Process that gets ignored if you run fearfully away from Imposter Syndrome (instead of acknowledging it as a natural response to creating something from within).
What do you think:
Are the two just parts of the Creative Process?
Do I have it all wrong?
Is there something I haven't seen yet that you can see and share with me?
Gently click this link and write me... I'm hungry to know your thoughts.