“Fake it till you make it”

By April 17, 2019Learnings

Day 17/30 Challenge.

As I sat waiting for an appointment I looked at the huge trees in the reception area. The bark seemed real, but the leaves seemed just a little too green.

I became curious and inspected the trees closely. They were in huge pots and the tree roots were covered in the chips you often see in potted plants.

However, as I looked closely and touched the tree (fortunately, the security guard didn’t whisk me away) I realised that these were “life-like” imitations.

It made me reflect on authenticity and the exhortation to “fake it till you make it”. I used to dismiss this advice as inauthentic or manipulative.

However, I’ve come to realise as Dr. Carol S. Dweck explains that there is sometimes a gap between where we are and where we want to be. That is, we are not there yet.

In becoming how we want to be, we need to practice. So I’ve reframed my thinking on “faking it”. If the intention is a positive one, not to manipulate others, but a recognition of I’m not there yet and I’m practising then I’m fine with it.

If you want to find out more about why I’m doing this 30 Day Challenge see https://sylvanacaloni.com/30-day-challenge/

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