Fake it till you make it (or be what you want to be now)
My beautiful-do anything-change the world-fear nothing friend Kelsey has a mantra that goes like this:
Fake it till you make it.
What she means is, if you want to be/do something but the fear you don’t have all the skills you need in place to be that something, then just pretend that you do. You’ll usually discover, so her theory goes, that you actually have everything you need right now to make stuff happen.
I couldn’t agree more. I’m not advocating walking into an operating theatre and attempting open heart surgery when you didn’t finish Year 10 science. But I am suggesting that if a surgeon is what you want to be, and so far you’re a dog walker, then back yourself up. Find out what you need to get from where you are to where you want to be. And live the life that it will require to make this dream real. Study, focus, institute discipline etc etc. Be like you already have that thing you so desire.
Another perhaps more relatable example could be being a writer. This is something many people aspire to and there is a good reason why. Creativity is the juice of the soul and when we don’t have a creative outlet in our lives we perish. Maybe slowly, maybe quickly, but eventually we dry up and all our juiciness leaves us. Writing is something everyone can do at any time. It is probably the most accessible creative medium there is. And I say, MORE! MORE! MORE! The more people who are participating in some kind of creative, soul-nourishing act the more gently, loving and balanced the world is.
There is one thing you need to do to be a writer or to engage in the act of writing and that is…to write. Not rocket science but an often overlooked aspect of achieving your dream. Excuses are very easy to make. And self-doubt is a great generator of excuses, but I am inviting you today to fake it till you make it.
At the Gunna’s writing masterclass this weekend, Catherine Deveny invited us to write for one hour per day, four days peer week for 4 weeks. I’d like to offer you the same challenge. You see, the key to faking until you make it is to do something, anything to move in the direction of your dream. If you want to be a writer, a naturopath, a psychic, a surgeon, a clown, a monkey trainer then start by taking the same challenge. Be what you want to be write now. Show the Universe you are serious.
Turn up for your life. And it will oblige you right back again.