Ignore the Nagging Voice: Imposter Syndrome

Call it whatever you want: fear of being a fraud, of discovery that you’re a failure, of not meeting expectations, that nagging feeling of ineptitude… 

Imposter Syndrome. It’s a problem.

I’ve got lots of things going on in my life – caring for children, writing books in YA, family, working on my writing career and business – and I don’t have time to waste second guessing anything.

Sound familiar?

It feels like no matter what’s going on in our lives, we’re always hoping that we’re good enough. That our work, our lives, our passions are good enough to make it. 

But I have a secret. If you want it, you’ve got the power to make it happen. 

Check out this podcast from December 1, 2017. It’s a chat Mark Dawson on his Podcast Self Publishing Formula with James Blatch where they talk all things writing. 

Together, we discussed how to deal with that nagging voice. Because even if you’re not a writer, imposter syndrome whispers that you’re not enough.

And I’m here to tell you that voice is wrong.

You have big things within you. 


Here’s that link below to tune in to Episode 95 of the Self Publishing Formula Podcast. (Hint: the interview starts around 7 minutes in.)

Comment below how you vanquished your villain (or your nagging voice) most recently.

    Posted at 02:18h, 05 May Reply

    The nagging voice I hear is not mine, but my mother’s. I am 51 years old and she still has the power to decimate any belief that I can lose weight. I was planning on starting a medically created and monitored keto diet. She told me that I better not waste my money because I will never succeed.

    I am the girl who, at 9 years old in 4th grade, was attending Weight Watchers weekly and the ladies kept a weight card for me even though I was too young to officially join. I remember the day I was late returning to class because I received my 10 pounds loss pin. My teacher announced to everyone in my class why I was late returning from lunch (my grade school had an open campus at lunch, so I frequently went home to make tuna melts in the oven for lunch). Talk about embarrassment. Devastating to a girl who had just turned 10.

    I’m stuck in my head now, listening to her voice telling me over and over that I will never succeed. Totally doubting if I can doo this program or not. Why does she have that much power to destroy my intentions and determination? So yes, my monster is my mother’s voice.

    • Katie Cross
      Posted at 08:24h, 05 May Reply

      My goodness, Nancy, what a beautifully written response. I’m honored that you’d share this and be vulnerable. I sent you a video in full response, but just wanted to say here that your mom? What she said literally had nothing to do with you. If you can imagine yourself pushing away from her, or that phrase, or whatever emotion she gave you, do it. Because she was projecting whatever failure she felt about herself onto you, and that totally sucks.

      You got this. <3

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