Do you know the expression: Fake it ’til you make it?
“Fake it till you make it” (or “Fake it until you make it“) is an English aphorism which suggests that by imitating confidence, competence, and an optimistic mindset, a person can realize those qualities in their real life and achieve the results they seek.
I’ve heard it a million times since I entered recovery. But, what does it mean and how do you do it?? At first, I thought, “Fake it until you make it,” meant to dress the part. Then I learned you had to act the part as well. That meant looking and behaving in the way that I wanted to be no matter how I was feeling about myself at the time. As time has gone on, I realized that there’s more to it than that. Learning to fake it until you make it also means thinking the part. Let me explain. If you look it up, which I did, the exact definition is:
OK, so the goal is to create a positive mindset, feel good about your skills, and appear confident. These are clear directions. Let’s start by choosing exactly what we’re trying to emulate, then we’ll talk about how to get there.
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