When we’re passionate about something, we want to make sure we do it well. However, being obsessed with doing something perfectly can hinder us. Perfectionism can be paralyzing, because nothing is ever perfect. If you wait until you feel like something is perfect for launching it, or wait until it’s the perfect time to begin working, you’ll be waiting forever, and you’ll never get anywhere.
Even if you’re not 100% ready, go for it, and you’ll learn along the way. Here are some tips on how to fake it till you make it:
1. What you think you are, you become.
The first step to becoming something, or doing something, is to think about it. Even if you don’t feel like you’re capable, and you lack confidence, imagine yourself doing what you want. Do you make art? Do you want to be an artist? Then introduce yourself as an artist next time you meet someone. First think you are what you want to be, act on that, and over time you’ll become it.
2. You have to actually work on changing yourself too.
But, you have to put in the work. The act of imagining yourself as who you want to be is important as a tool of self-reflection. When you think about who you want to be or what you want to do, you can note where you are in relation to that goal. When you look at the discrepancies between the two points, you can determine what changes you need to make to reach where you want to be.
3. You must know your motivation.
When you see the big picture, you’ll able to plan accordingly. Think about why you want to change or why you want to do what you want to do. When you’re clear about why you want to make it, you can more convincingly fake it.
4. Confidence is key.
If you’re confident, people will trust you and treat you differently. When you act like you know what you’re doing, people will believe you. If you don’t really know what you’re doing, try your hardest and figure it out on the way. You’d be surprised to find that most people are doing the same.
5. Adjust your body language.
If you’re shy or awkward, it will show in the way you stand, sit, walk, etc. If you hold you body confidently, you’ll give an impression of confidence and stability. This will gain people’s respect and trust. So stand up straight, don’t slouch, and work on a firm handshake.
6. Dress for success.
If you want to work in an office, but are still dressing like you did when you worked part-time at the deli in high school, you’re in for a rude awakening. Even if you don’t have the job you want, you have to dress for it. Wear suits to interviews, planning meetings, trips to the bank, etc. Show that you mean business by making an immediately positive first impression. Although shallow, it’s true that we all judge people on the way they’re dressed.
7. Set the mood.
The same idea that works for the way you dress can also be applied to the environment you work in. If your goal is to be a hair stylist, set up a station in your house. If you goal is to work in tech startups, check out your local coworking spaces. They often have networking events that could greatly benefit you. The point is to seek out spaces that you may not feel comfortable in, yet, but you will. Insert yourself into social situations, offices, or create that space for yourself and you’ll gradually grow more comfortable as you start to gain some feeling of ownership over the space.
8. Who do you look up to?
Who can you look to that is doing what you want to be doing? Try to meet with this person, or at least exchange emails! If you can, learn how they got to where they are, and you can attempt to emulate their process. It likely won’t be the same, because that wouldn’t be realistic. But you can gain advice, inspiration, and a mentor in the process.
9. Try thinking of it as practice rather than faking.
If the thought of “faking it” has you concerned, think about it as practice. I meant it when I said that most people are in the same position as you. You shouldn’t be ashamed for working toward what you want and taking the leap. No one is perfect, and it takes courage to go after your goals. As long as you put in the work to do the best you can and keep you mind on your long-term goals, you aren’t really faking it, you’re honing your work and your skills.
Although faking it till you make it may seem like a bad idea, a cliché, or dishonest, the truth is that no one knows everything. We’re all just trying our best to get where we want to be. If you work hard and are confident, you can reach your goals.
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