7/23/2020

Beating Impostor Syndrome






I first heard this terminology thrown around last year  but around December  I finally dug a little deeper. I did  my research and looked up the definition,  it was like a lightbulb went off. Over the years as a blogger I received opportunities, praises and rewards and I felt like I didn't deserve it. I felt as if I was "imposing as something I wasn't. To some it all up I felt like I wasn't worthy of receiving all of those things.  I know you're saying but you've worked so hard. I honestly don't see it as work, but as me growing into the woman I know I could always be. But I never imagined it in this manner. Blogging has brought out me out of my comfort zone so much thats its scary.  I guess thats when Imposter Syndrome comes in.



Flashback
I can remember being invited to a blogger event in Atlanta back in 2018 and I wondered  "umm why me?' There are many bloggers in Atlanta and you reached out to me and I live in South Carolina. I start questioning my abilities and am I even worth attending. I tried to find every excuse not to go but my tribe said NO you're going. My fiancĂ© and I headed out of town on Wednesday afternoon for the four hour drive and rested for my event the next day.  When I got to the event I was so nervous but by the end of the night I was on cloud  nine. I met so many local bloggers and made great connections with the brand. During the event I found myself looking out the window saying " Wow this is a dream come true"







Fast Forward To 2020


I still find myself questioning my abilities and if I'm worthy of the opportunities presented.  But I remind myself  that I am worthy and I've done the work.  I deserve to be in spaces that I'm invited to, I deserve the recognition that I recieve. Another reminder, just because everyone won't  see your value doesn't mean you are valuable. This week I was featured in the news paper along side 15 other local black bloggers. We deserve the recognition for the work that we've done and continue to do. Feel free to check it out below. If you feel like you have impostor syndrome here are a few tips:

1. Acknowledge your feelings!
2.Accept it ,adjust and move on
3.Know that you are worth it.
4. You're not alone in your feelings.
5.You're not an impostor, you're the real deal.
6.Mistakes are proof that you're trying.
7. You're so much more than you give yourself the credit for.












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