Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fake it tll you make it

"Fake it till you make it" (also called "act as if") is a common catchphrase that means to imitate confidence so that as the confidence produces success, it will generate real confidence. The purpose is to avoid getting stuck in a self fulfilling prophecy related to one's fear of not being confident.

A conversation I had today with my mentor at work:

Me:  I don't like this project I'm on, it's boring, and I don't want to do it.

Mentor:  I know what you mean, I've been there many times.

Me:  How do I get through it?

Mentor:  You fake it till you make it.

Me:  Really?

Mentor:  Yes, really, It's all about your attitude. If you walk into your kickoff meeting down about the project, bored, not excited, everyone will see it. Even if you're not feeling good about it, you have to fake it. Fake that you want to do this project, fake that it's a great project. Your enthusiasm will be contagious.

Me:  I don't know if I can do that, pretend I want to do something I really don't want to do.

Mentor:  Sure you can, just go in there and do it.

I did. She was right. The enthusiasm spread. No one knew I was totally bummed by my project. Now I'm actually feeling a spark of excitement about it.

That was work. This is weight loss. Same deal. Faking it till I make it. :)

Picture out of my office window today, right before I left work. Actually, I'm in a cubicle, this is what I saw when I stood up.


Miz said...

some days.
many days.
my entire life is acting as if....
and not necessarily in a bad way.

Debbie said...

I like that Fake it till you make it. Your blog is one of my favorites. Keep up the good work, your pictures are great.

Kyle Gershman said...

We have to draw our strength from somewhere and it's best to draw from within. I think that this counts...nice post.

Linda said...

MizFit gave me that same advice last week when I was trying to get my exercise mojo back!
Kinda funny that I can "fake out" myself!
Beautiful cloud picture today.

~ugly girl with a beautiful heart~ said...

Keep the beautiful pics coming girl!

I've actually looked at most of life that way, fake it til you make it. It's kinda sad actually.

antgirl said...

That's what I did ... faked it until it became part of my behavior. Gave myself a 'tude adjustment. :)

Ron said...

Awesome pic, I find with the weight loss thing, just keep after it, yea were gonna screw up and eat to much, or eat something we really shouldn't, but we have the choice to get right back at healhty eating!

Ida said...

Business as a stage. Same sort of principle. One of the things my boss subscribes to. Great picture.

Christina@Health Foodie said...

Hi Diana! This is my first time here. I found you through "Panda bites". First of all, congratulations on your success! So impressive!

I love this post. I have actually just talked to someone about this. I use this strategy all the time. I have overcome major issues like that. So powerful! Thanks for sharing!