Embarking on a journey to overcome the Imposter Syndrome involves more than merely identifying and understanding the “imposter” part. It demands the establishment of a new, healthier relationship with this part of ourselves. Let’s think of it as extending an olive branch to this protective part that’s been labouring under misconceptions about our competence and self-worth.

Think about how you might treat a close friend who’s battling self-doubt and insecurity. You wouldn’t ignore them or belittle their concerns. Instead, you’d offer them comfort, understanding, and reassurance. Allowing judgment, fear and anger to take a back seat. This is the same approach we need to adopt with our “imposter” part. We need to foster an inner dialogue that’s rooted in empathy, compassion, calm, curiosity and understanding.

Importer Syndrome
  1. Start by acknowledging the presence of your “imposter” part and its misunderstood attempts to protect you. Thank it for trying to shield you from potential failure, embarrassment or criticism. Show it appreciation and gratitude for its protective intentions.
  2. Engage in a dialogue with this part of yourself. Being curious about it feeling the need to question your worth and skills. From a calm and curious place, asking it what it would like to know. Delve into its fears, seeking to understand its point of view. Encouraging this internal conversation helps you understand its reason of being better, creating a more compassionate perspective towards it.
  3. Asking it, from an understanding heart, to step aside while you are present with what you are doing. Inviting it to observe you, allowing it to witness you as the adult to do what you are doing. Give it space to observe your strength and capability as you confidently navigate your tasks, acknowledging that every accomplishment, small or big, renews its narrative about your ability to keep you safe.

s you start to comprehend your “imposter” part’s fears and intentions, you can begin gently guiding it towards a healthier way of protecting you. This might involve reassurances that it’s okay to take on new challenges, make mistakes, or not know everything. Remember, healing takes time. It’s about nurturing patience and understanding, slowly leading your “imposter” part towards a more supportive and constructive stance.

Embrace the journey as a learning process and appreciate that understanding this part of yourself is a significant stride towards growth and development. Show yourself kindness, let your fears serve as stepping stones to the path of self-assurance and self-worth.

Remember, our “imposter” part isn’t an enemy, but a well-meaning protector that is responding with its limited understanding of the present capabilities. It’s about creating an alliance with it, rather than a battleground. By fostering this supportive relationship with our “imposter” part, we can slowly strip away the mask of inadequacy or fear, revealing our authentic, competent professional selves.