Signs Your Imposter Syndrome Is Limiting Your Creativity

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Jul 27, 2022

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Signs Your Imposter Syndrome Is Limiting Your Creativity

Have you heard of  ‘imposter syndrome’? If not, put simply, it’s the internal experience of feeling as though others perceive you as more competent than you are. 

Do you ever feel like you’re faking it when it comes to your job? Feeling like a phony authoritative figure or a business genius. 

The good news is, you’re not alone.

According to experts, 70% of people will experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives. But what can you do about it?

Here are some signs that imposter syndrome Is limiting you & your creativity, and what you can do about it:


  • You feel like a fraud

You believe you are not qualified to offer guidance because others’ work is superior to yours. You’re worried that someone will figure out you’ve been lying all along.
Your projects and creative products appear to be generic, as if anyone could accomplish them. 

How to overcome it: 

Surround yourself with people who believe in you. Allow your friends to bolster your confidence and remind you of what you have accomplished so far. Unfollow accounts that make you feel small and intimidated.

  • You have a hard time internalizing success.

You doubt yourself and believe that your success is due to external factors. You may also end up blaming yourself for your company’s inadequacies and failures. These anxiety-inducing thoughts lead  you to feel as if you’re restricting yourself from moving forward. 

How to overcome it: 

Recognize that you can and have accomplished all of these goals. Believe that you are deserving of these accomplishments. When you fall short, there’s no need to punish yourself. Set realistic goals for yourself and learn to appreciate each step. Only when you stop attempting new things do you fail.

  • You are afraid of being discovered.

You always feel that your work isn’t good enough, so you revise, revise, revise. It makes you nervous to see how others react to your effort. You don’t ask people for promotions and struggle to delegate work for fear of someone seeing your flaws.

How to overcome it: 

There’s always scope for improvement. You will gain more confidence and feedback on your work if you learn to submit projects without overanalyzing the results. When nervousness arises, maintain a beginner’s perspective. The ability to be modest and thirsty for knowledge.

  • You fear feedback

The fear of feedback becomes so real that you end up putting off the work entirely – no one can critique work if it isn’t done, right? This brings about a whole other creativity demon; procrastination. 

How to overcome it:

Create a document of positive feedback, praise, and accomplishments. Having a visual reminder that you are more than capable is a great way to counteract insecurity. Screenshot nice messages and paste them in – see, believe, achieve!

  • Constantly needing to overachieve

Everyone has burned the midnight oil at one point or another, but are you doing it consistently? Spurred on by the belief your work isn’t good enough, you go back time and time again to make ‘improvements’. Or perhaps you try to take on more than just your own tasks to prove your worth, overloading and overwhelming yourself in the process.

How to overcome it:

Take a break. Step back from your work and focus on something else – take a walk, grab a coffee or chat to a friend. Engage in some positive self-talk and affirmations to help you feel ground. Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on your own journey. Deep breaths – you can do this!

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