Mastery is essentially about visualizing, understanding and putting on paper the skills that you have. Placing this somewhere that you can read and consider them will allow you to develop an idea of what their worth is and what your level of ability is with them. It is an exercise in moving out of the abstract and into the real.
When you know what skills you have, you can start to breakdown challenges and tasks into more manageable chunks. This allows you to understand what you have and what you need. This, in essence, augments the exercise with Purpose.
If you require a clearer framework from figuring out your skills, then perhaps do a personal SWOT analysis. Once you have made the analysis or done one similar, you may want to place your discoveries into a skill tree and/or develop a character sheet for yourself, as is done in many RPG’s. From here you can see what you can do, from good to less skilful.
One of the most useful motivational levers in combatting imposter syndrome is autonomy, and realising that you have the power and freedom to choose your path. And with that freedom comes the ability to recognise the choices that you have and manage the time and resources to deal with them.
This is fairly straight-forward and it is the basic concept of self-empowerment. A way to realise this is by creating your player journey as it were. You can either write down or draw a roadmap or choice tree of what is available to you. This then gives you a better overview of what you can and want to do, and what you can’t. This simple exercise can refine your worldview and simply make it manageable, removing some of the complexities of life that create anxieties that can lead to imposter syndrome forming.
Belonging is a fundamental motivator. People want to connect, and connecting with people similar to you, with similar interests, hobbies, knowledge, and experience can improve and increase your sense of confidence and self-worth. This may not have to be a direct connection of interacting with another similar individual, even though this is the most powerful and efficient method. But simply knowing that there are others out there like you and connecting with them by proxy, for example through watching a vlog or training videos that they do, can be enough for many people.
Often the feeling of being an imposter is there because you are unable to connect with those around you and not because of the idea that you may or may not be adequate. Many feel like fakes in their professional lives, simply because there is no common ground with peers, and this lack increases the anxiety of being an imposter, even when there is no basis.
Therefore, to combat this, find or create your Clan or Guild as it were. Discover and connect with like-minded individuals, have a tribe that you can connect with, either directly or indirectly, and learn and collaborate with them. And if possible, go to them for advice when needed.
The final motivational lever is esteem, likely one of the most important levers when dealing with imposter syndrome. Esteem is broken down into two parts, it is how we wish to be perceived and how we are perceived.
To make use of this concept when dealing with imposter syndrome, you must become aware of what you have achieved, how you have reacted to it and how others have. And with that take an active effort to reward yourself for your achievements. Acknowledge the wins and practice visualising the successes you still wish to achieve and what you value about achieving them.
Naturally, you will not always be successful every time, and failure is a natural part of life. When you do fail, reframe it as an opportunity to learn and maybe innovate. Use this process so that you can increase your chances of success next time. Accepting and embracing failure is an important part of overcoming imposter syndrome.
And when you do succeed, ensure that the reward that you give yourself is something of actual value to you and is something that aid’s in achieving more successes. The reward must validate what you have done and allow you to keep going and/or improve what you are doing or wish to do next.