We’ve all had those days when you spend hours scrolling Instagram, amazed and inspired by the incredible work of your peers.
They’re doing all these admirable and awesome things, and of course you’re so proud of them, but this voice starts creeping into the back of your head.
You start to doubt yourself and feel like a total fraud.
How could you ever measure up to these amazing people you’re seeing live their wildest dreams through your phone screen?
You start making comparisons between their work and yours, and inevitably questions like this pop into your head:
Am I creating good enough work?
Do I measure up to the talent of those around me?
Is everyone just laughing at me behind my back?
When will the day come that they realise I’m a fraud?
…and just like that, imposter syndrome sits down next to you, ready to feast…
So why do we need to stop feeding our imposter syndrome…
Creativity isn’t quantifiable.
The creative world isn’t a perfectly baked pie (as much as I wish it was), where each creator is cut a slice that directly correlates to their talents or skills.
Your value as a creative is not added to, nor subtracted from, or based on the existence of other creatives work.
Someone else’s success is not your failure.
Comparing creators is like comparing recipes for the perfect chocolate cake – no two are the same.
Another creator’s success isn’t a yard stick to measure yours up against.
It’s killing your creativity.
Comparison when it comes to creativity, much like a meat pie, is fruitless.
When you compare your work or skills to others and start to second guess yourself, your creative juices run dry.
It doesn’t serve you.
Letting your imposter syndrome take over saps your focus and energy.
Creativity happens best when you’re excited, energetic, feeling good about yourself and your work and can really sink your teeth into it.
Does that all hit a little close to home? I know it does for me… I’ve been there SO. MANY. TIMES. But what to do about it?