Can You Overcome Impostor Syndrome?

The Universe Can Handle Your Mistakes and Imperfections

Creating the kind of stuff that matters to you is never unrewarding.

It will always result in a new and improved version of self.

Yet our inner voice often cautions us against creating by protesting, “You’re not ready and you’re not worthy.”

Even though we have creative impulses and ideas that crave an opportunity for self-expression, we censor ourselves by thinking “In a world where there are already so many artists and innovators, who needs my ideas?”

But there’s more to creating than being good.

Creating, before it is anything else, is the process of becoming human. To participate in the creative process, even if you’re not that great at it, is to embark on a journey that will lead to the kind of self-knowledge and self-confidence that can improve every area of your life. When you resist your creative impulses, you resist your own personal evolution. We choose to be less than who we really are when we refuse to create.

The world needs experimenters and explorers.

The world needs people who are willing to make noise, even at the expense of being called obnoxious, in order to figure out how to make beautiful music.

The world needs people who stink at creating to try creating while they still stink at it.

The world needs people like you!

“But I feel so messy and imperfect,” you say.

Take comfort in this: The Universe is big enough to handle your mistakes and missteps.

You will not ruin the cosmos by doing crappy work. If that were possible, then the world’s greatest creators would have already destroyed the world with the tons of crap they created before finding their groove.

Make some noise. Spill some paint. Hit some bad notes. Fumble the ball. Trip and fall.

We can handle it. You can handle it.