"If you feel like you shouldn't be somewhere: Fake It. Do it not until you make it-but until you become it." Amy Cuddy
Ted Global 2012
Today's blog will require you to be fake and unreal. In the process of believing, changing and becoming you have to, "fake it, 'til you make it!" When I interpret this saying, I am reminded to have confidence even when I don't feel so confident. I may feel as feeble as a little cat, but will act like a lion if I need to! As I do this it gives me the assurance that I can do anything! I,"faked it," by telling myself, "I got this!" In doing this I actually start to believe, "I can" therefore, "I do!"
There are many studies, that have demonstrated that confidence has a large affect on performance. I agree with these studies because as I tell myself how awesome I am, I become more amazing! (It's ok if I am the only one that believes it, at the end it starts with what we tell ourselves.) Don't be modest build yourself up don't bring yourself down! Believe me this really works! I developed this type of confidence as a new teacher. I used to play the part very well as a new teacher. I struggled with curriculum, objectives and engagement all the time, but things got better when I mirrored the educator I wanted to be. I decided I would breath, not panic and take it all in stride. "Nancy, you got this!" "You are very smart and talented." Lies echoed in my mind, sweet lies that cheered me on to believe in myself. I knew it was only a matter of time before I would become a great teacher!
From the beginning of this blog I have said that all goals and dreams start with a belief that anything is possible.Yes, this concept is hard to believe at first, but before long that idea becomes part of you. I used to believe that if I did this people would discover that I was an impostor or a fraud, but I realized this is simply a positive way of thinking. I am simply practicing optimism and developing confidence along the way. This way of thinking makes me truly believe that I will reach my goals in no time! What is wrong with this type of belief? I believe we need to use all our tools in our tool box to be successful, and if we have to, "fake it to make it," let it be!
Thank you for checking out my blog! I hope to see you next Monday 8:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time. Until then BELIEVE. CHANGE. BECOME.