Silence the Naysayers: Impostor Inspector 

Impostor Inspector is that condescending whisper from the shadows that you are a fraud whose “real” level of talent will soon be revealed. She insinuates that your accomplishments are the result of flukes and luck, rather than skill.

Impostor Inspector projects your current skill level with potential future projects and responsibilities to try to show you that you will never measure up to the responsibility that your true talent could bring. What she fails to include in this negative messaging is the growth, change, and maturity that will come as you progress through your creative journey.


If You Don't Quit, You Will Win.

Like Comparison, Colonel Criticism, and Ringleader Regret, Impostor Inspector's 💩only works if you listen to it. If you don't quit, the Naysayers will never win. Their goal is to keep that super powerful creative expression trapped inside of you, rather than shining out into the world. 

Just because something feels like it could be true, or has an element of truth, doesn't mean that it is true. Impostor will often infuse just enough truth or "reason" into an intimidation waterfall that it feels hard to ignore. Ignore it anyway.

You Can't "Measure Up"

You don't have to be able to measure up today to what you will be able to accomplish in twenty years, or ten years, or five years, or even one year from now. That would be like teaching a child to ride a bike with training wheels, and then declaring that they will never win the Tour De France when they're twenty-five because they could not compete with their current skill level. Duh! They couldn't compete on that level now, but give them a few years, plus the growth and development those years will bring, and the story might be different.

Imposter's entire tactic is intimidation. She thrives on boosting your fear and insecurities. She wins when you listen to her overblown predictions and walk away from your work. Don't do it!

Listen to Legitimacy

Confronting the Inspector at every turn is Legitimacy. He stands unwavering in his conviction of your true creative value and skill, knowing who you are now and who you are becoming in the future.

Legitimacy shines a spotlight of Truth into the shadowy corners where Impostor Inspector lurks, revealing her weakness and tiny abilities.

Legitimacy speaks to your true identity, calling out the best in who you are now and pointing you toward the truth about who you will become in the future. Like our other heroes, Legitimacy gives you grace to have a process. He recognizes that you are learning and growing and empowers you to walk a pathway to success. 

Banishing these naysayers from your thought life will give you the freedom to operate in creative confidence and generosity.

Creative Confidence

Shutting out the influence of the Naysayers will make room for you to walk in Creative Confidence and Generosity. When you are trapped in a mind war with Colonel Criticism, Ringleader Regret, and Impostor Inspector, you do not have time or bandwidth to be generous or to move in creative confidence. Once you start to take control of your mind and thoughts again, you will be surprised at how much you have to give to your creative community. 

The world is waiting for your unique creative expression to shine! We need exactly who you are to bring exactly what you carry to the table. I can't wait to see what you bring!

"Shutting out the influence of the Naysayers will make room for you to walk in Creative Confidence and Generosity." @brightideasco

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10 Tips for 10 Days

I participated in a LinkedIn challenge called 10 Tips for 10 Days and recorded ten quick videos on a variety of topics, including Impostor Inspector & Legitimacy.


  • Don't Give In To The Intimidation. Impostor Inspector thrives on making you feel inferior. Don't listen to her lies. Those thoughts are only projecting their own insecurity on you. Go forward in confidence!

  • Get Acquainted with Legitimacy. Legitimacy looks at where your true value comes from and evaluates you from that place, speaking directly to who you really are at your core. Take a moment to listen to Legitimacy and see if there is one piece of truth that you can use to silence Impostor Inspector when she tries to speak.

  • Don't Try To Measure Up. Success can be as scary as failure - sometimes more frightening depending on your past experiences, but that is no reason to avoid success, or even trying at all. It is impossible to take your current skill level and measure it against a potential future opportunity to project the outcome. You will learn and gain so much in the journey that you cannot calculate for now. Go for success and see where it lands you! You might be surprised.

Learn More about Impostor Inspector

Bright Ideas: Light Up Your Creativity. If you'd like to learn more about Impostor Inspector & Legitimacy, the rest of the naysayers, and expressing your creativity, grab a copy of our book, Bright Ideas: Light Up Your Creativity from our shop or Amazon.

Emily Lewin

Emily Lewin is the founder of The Bright Ideas Collective, co-author of "Bright Ideas: Light Up Your Creativity", host of the Bright Ideas Collective Podcast, speaker, musician, artist, and all-around lover of creativity. She loves long beach days, exploring new cities, drinking good coffee, and being with her people. Emily is passionate about helping other people discover, explore, and express their creativity and building creative communities.