Fake it till you make it. I believe in this saying with caveats. First recognize it’s only a temporary axiom. It’s not a reliable solution to insecurity, lack of confidence or imposter syndrome, insecurities and weaknesses. People can readily spot a fake.
“No matter what we’ve done, there comes a point where you think, ‘How did I get here? When are they going to discover that I am, in fact, a fraud and take everything away from me?” Tom Hanks
Leaders must be internally comfortable and powerful in their “leadership skin.” Leaders eliminate the imposter syndrome not by relying on a platitude but by building internal strength. Not by trusting the veneer of positive self-talk but by building foundational strengths such as self-awareness, self-esteem, and confidence. Internal strength manifests as the courage to confront problems, take risks and thrive in uncertainty.
A solid body of behavior results from development—moving you ever incrementally closer to mastery on a daily basis. When you know you’ve made it you drop the “fake it.”
It’s a new year, let’s drop the ephemeral for a solid plan. Find help here….
The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson