I’ve just put the final polishing touches on A Reason to Stay, Book Five in my Rocky Mountain Family series out August 23, 2022. Finishing the book always brings smiles, tears, a sense of relief and a tinge of grief, knowing I’ll have to “break up” with these characters in order to move on to my next book.
Now that I’m starting the character and plot prep work for Book Six, the final book in this series, I’m once again facing Imposter Syndrome. Who am I to think I can actually go from the first sentence on page one to The End, 55K words later? Though I’ve done it over 50 times before, I’m terrified I can’t do it again. I’m not an author. I’m a fraud. How long will it take before someone figures me out? Looking at the mountain from this angle, it appears unscalable.
Impostor syndrome (IS) refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. It happens more often among women and perfectionists. That would be me, and me. In researching for this blog post, I found some really interesting information including TED Talks on how to overcome IS, including reframing my thoughts from negative to positive and, like professional athletes, visualizing the process of success for whatever I’m doing. I’m not talking about anything jinky here. I do this during my prayer time, talking to God about my goals and listening for His still, small voice. Did you know your body can’t tell the difference between excitement and fear? That works for me. So next time you’re at the bottom of what looks like an unscalable mountain, tell yourself how excited you are to climb it!
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Catch up with the Winslows in my Rocky Mountain Family series here: