We’ve all heard of the saying ‘fake it til you make it’. So what does this classic catchphrase actually mean? Let me tell you. By imitating confidence, competence and an optimistic mindset the realization of this imitation in an individual’s life will eventually materialize. But what do you do when faking it doesn’t come easy for you? How do you fake it AND make it at the same time?

As easy as this old adage sounds and might even appear, sometimes the results aren’t always what you hoped for. Here’s an example of my own life. No matter how hard I try to perceive my circumstances and situations as not-so-bad, negativity always seems to linger in the shadows. It’s not that I don’t want to work at keeping an optimistic mindset, but sometimes my reality is a little too real and faking it is the furthest thing from my mind.

What I have learned is that faking it until you make it requires you to envision the life that you want for yourself until it becomes a reality. No matter what you might be going through, your mindset has to be up-to-par for your purpose to manifest. Sometimes you must trick your mind in order to thrive. Here are three tips that have helped me accomplish this!

  1. Fess up to your FLAWS! It’s okay to acknowledge that you are not perfect and that you are a work in progress. As long as you are consistent you will climb the ladder of success. Everyone makes mistakes on their purpose walk. The key is learning from them.
  2. Choose OPTIMISM! When negativity comes your way, you must find the silver lining. Happiness is a choice and when you realize you have the power to change how you feel the sooner life begins to make sense! Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
  3. Upgrade YOURSELF! You must commit to doing everything in your power to reach the next level of excellence. Never become complacent in the learning process. When you are learning, you are growing!

Faking it till you make it doesn’t mean that you are not being authentic to your true self. It simply means you are being persistent and consistent in your desired progression in life.

By Dr. Avis Foley

Co-Publisher, Purpose Weekly

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