006: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome with Rebecca Ching

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Today, we’re speaking with an expert in how to overcome IMPOSTOR syndrome.

During this interview, my guest Rebecca Ching offers a lot of questions to ask yourself that I thought would make fantastic journal prompts. Since many of you are probably listening to this in your car or at the gym, I thought it would helpful for me to create a journal prompt list for you that you can refer back to

Rebecca Ching is a therapist, workshop facilitator, speaker, and writer based out of San Diego California. She is committed to helping leaders navigate growth edges plus the inevitable curve balls of business and life with courage, clarity, and compassion. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator based on Brene Brown’s research and protocols and also a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapists  – both methodologies which deeply influence her lens on change, struggle, and leadership.

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In this podcast, you will discover…

  • The 5 questions to ask yourself when you’re feeling negative thoughts
  • Why you should focus on enough rather than abundance
  • How to overcome a scarcity mindset
  • Why you will never feel safe when creating art and why it’s important to manage your inner critic
  • (03:32) How imposter syndrome is a universal experience
  • (03:50) How Rebecca tries to get clients with imposter syndrome to be curious about what they are experiencing
  • (06:13) The curse of the smarty-pants brain
  • (06:39) Sharing work will always involve risk and vulnerability
  • (09:43) How the inner critic plays into imposter syndrome
  • (10:56) How it’s important to be clear about whose opinion matters
  • (11:46) The importance of feedback which doesn’t impact your self worth
  • (13:52) Naming how you are feeling is half the battle
  • (14:56) The opposite of scarcity isn’t abundance, it’s enough
  • (16:24) 5 questions to ask yourself when you start feeling imposter syndrome
  • (19:00) How it gets harder to share your art when you become a professional artist
  • (20:12) As you get successful as an artist, you invite more critics
  • (21:20) How when the stakes are higher you have to get clear about your boundaries and be curious about your self trust issues
  • (23:30) If you find yourself shrinking as a form of protection, that’s feeling the inner and outer critics
  • (25:28) How trolls tend to have the most impact when they trigger shame
  • (28:40) The value in asking people – what would be helpful to you right now?
  • (29:18) How we are taught to stay small
  • (30:52) Failure is not if, it’s always when
  • (32:27) How we have the most agency in dealing with our internal critic rather than external critics
  • (35:35) Stay curious about your pain

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Grab your FREE art journaling prompts for overcoming impostor syndrome here! Ask yourself these five questions to conquer impostor syndrome in your art journal→

About Rebecca

Rebecca is a therapist, workshop facilitator, speaker, writer, and business owner based out of San Diego California with her husband and two children. Rebecca is committed to helping leaders navigate growth edges plus the inevitable curve balls of business and life with courage, clarity, and compassion. She has experience working for a United States Senator in Washington, DC, in advertising in New York City, and in international youth work in Zurich, Switzerland. Rebecca combines all of her previous experience as inspiration for her work, writing, and speaking. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and also a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapists – both methodologies which deeply influence her lens on change, struggle, and leadership.

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies



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6 thoughts on “006: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome with Rebecca Ching”

  1. This one resonated with me so much. It brought up an event that crippled me artistically for many years. It was a huge compliment from someone very important in the art world while I was in college. The thing that immediately came to my mind was, “On no, what can I do for an encore”. I was struck by fear of success and failure all at once. It has taken me decades to recover and I still have issues. More to work on. Thank you. The podcasts are great. Betty Kay.


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