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The need for practice doesn’t make us imposters

It takes practice to be good at anything in life, even as kids we had to practice walking before it became second nature. But all too often we beat ourselves up for not yet being the man that we want to be, but we’re not faking it or being imposters, we just have to practice.

On professional practice

This is true with doctors, lawyers, counselors, and the like where we rightly call our profession a practice because even though we might be experts in our field, there’s a sense in which we are still on the way, we’re still learning how to better ourselves within our professional work.

Reject the imposter syndrome and simply practice at life

And this is true for us throughout the rest of our life and relationships as well. We have to practice at our work. We have to practice at our relationships. We have to practice at life itself.

And again, we’re not faking it or being imposters simply because we’re on the way. On the one hand, we’re confident enough to know that God has given us what it takes to be effective today.

Neither pride nor false humility

At the same time, we are humble enough to remember that we’re still on the way. We’re not so prideful to assume that we’ve already arrived, but we don’t let false humility hold us back from offering the strength that we do have.

And so, it’s okay if you don’t have everything figured out today. This doesn’t make you an imposter. Learn to embrace the strength that you do have and keep practicing and becoming better.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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