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Fake It ‘Til You Make It

June 3, 2013

Daily ReadFake It ‘Til You Make It

Do you ever feel like you don’t quite deserve your success or aren’t fully qualified to do what you do? That fear is stressful, and often leads people to hold back instead of pushing for bigger clients or more challenging opportunities. Chances are, you are quite capable and just need to trust your success and push on to show others how capable you are. Here’s how:

Excitement vs. Fear. Fear and excitement have the same physical reaction. Replace negative thoughts or insecurities with the assurance that you are confident and excited when facing a new task or challenge.

Set reasonable expectations for you to meet. Setting ridiculously high standards for yourself sets you up for less than perfect results.

Focus on learning from failure. Even the most successful, competent people are constantly making mistakes – that’s how we learn.

See “faking it” as a skill.  We all have moments when we need to fake confidence or sell an idea that was thrown together at the last minute. Knowing how to appear confident is a valuable asset.

Allowing yourself to build and applaud your skills — without practicing any intentional harm or deceit — will help you feel credible even when you’re out of your comfort zone.

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