Do you constantly feel unworthy of your accomplishments? If you answered yes, I get it. Many people feel just like you. In fact, for many years I was also insecure about my abilities. No matter how many awards I’ve received or how many praises were sung about me, I still doubted my greatness. I felt like I wasn’t good enough. Take it from me, doubting your greatness is not beneficial to your overall well-being. It diminishes your self-worth, resulting in a lack of confidence. When you lack confidence, you may feel stuck. In the end, it’s very crippling. Crippling thoughts are like weeds of the mind and have to be uprooted in order for beautiful flowers (positive thoughts) to grow.
What I would like to present to you are writing prompts I’ve produced to help me become more confident in myself and my abilities. These prompts are meant to not only help organize your thoughts but to also help you analyze them after you have written them down. I would highly recommend completing one writing prompt per day. Dedicate at least 10-20 minutes on each prompt. This will allow you time to fully dive into your feelings. These prompts definitely pointed me in the right direction to overcoming imposter syndrome. If you don’t want to stay in your own head, you can also share what you’ve written with friends and family. They too may offer life-changing techniques to help you move past feeling like an imposter.
If you are willing, I need you to sit down in a comfy chair. Make sure to grab your favorite pen and notepad because we have a fun project to start. Now is the time to actually tackle imposter syndrome. The only way to stop feeling like you don’t deserve something is to start believing that you do. Are you ready to begin?
7 writing prompts to help tackle imposter syndrome
Week 1: Interview a mentor
Talk to someone about how you feel. It doesn’t have to be a mentor. It can also be a family member, your friend or co-worker. Ideally, the perfect candidate is someone who exudes confidence from the inside and out.
If they agree to an interview, formulate questions that will help you:
- Eradicate thoughts that make you feel unworthy
- Boost your self-esteem
- Develop techniques to stop doubting your greatness
- Establish ways to stay elevated
Write down a specific scenario that has made you feel unworthy or fraudulent. Formulate behavioral questions and gain a better understanding of how others cope with imposter syndrome. Use their takeaways and see how you can overcome it too.
Week 2: Write about what your life would look like if you had more confidence
Ask yourself, “What if I stopped doubting what I have to offer this world and started unapologetically showcasing my talents?”
Write down what that would look like and how your life would change for the better. Stay in tune with all of your senses, have a grand imagination and remember to own your successes. Take the credit for what you deserve and what you have accomplished. The plan is to write down the life you want to live. Once you have the blueprint, start appreciating your skills enough to share them with the world. Start living life abundantly. Someone is in need of your greatness. Don’t hold back or prevent them from receiving what God ordained you to deliver.
Week 3: Write a letter to your younger self
Write a letter to the inner child that exists within you. Tell her that it’s okay to try new things and to be successful. Ask her why does she feel so unworthy of her well-deserved accomplishments. Tell her to take you where it all began. This prompt will help you be kind to your inner child. The objective is to dig deep and to reveal why you feel the way you do about yourself. Maybe it was your upbringing or a traumatic incident that made you stop believing that you were worthy of achieving greatness. Write it down. Feel every emotion. Don’t hold back the thoughts that want to come forth. When you’re done. You can destroy the paper, and breathe easy.
Congratulations. When you’re ready, take the time to reflect. Teach the inner child how to move past her insecurities. You’re all she’s got and she deserves better. When you reflect, think of the many ways you can make her proud. For example: I will make my younger self proud by saying, “Thank you” when people compliment me on my accomplishments. Give yourself permission to feel appreciated.
Week 4: Write down your mistakes
What do you know now that you wish you did then? Jot down at least three mistakes you’ve made when it comes to feeling unworthy and fraudulent. Next to each mistake write how it has hindered you and then write down what you have learned. No one wants to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
Week 5: Write a poem
Get your creative juices flowing by writing a poem. The poem can be about self-worth. You can write about overcoming fear, discomfort or shame. Whatever you choose to write a poem about, make sure you have a resolution to rave about in the end.
Week 6: How do you want to feel tomorrow?
Write down how you want to feel, why you want to feel that way and why you deserve to feel that way. Embrace these feelings wholeheartedly. If you want to feel happy, don’t forget to smile. Let your feelings and actions unite.
Week 7: Write down your accomplishments
Write down 10 of your accomplishments. Take the time to be proud of what you have achieved. You worked hard to get your degree. Did you get promoted at your job? Jot it down. After you finish, feel free to do a little dance. You are worth every accomplishment. Your hard work and intelligence got you through the doors of the past. What doors are you going to open up in the future?
What personal techniques helped you overcome imposter syndrome?
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