Is it smart to fake it until you make it? Or is it an old wives tale and can cause more problems than it solves?
Let me start by sharing what happened on an episode of the show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”
(Stay with me, here. I promise this is applicable to you as a conscious entrepreneur. It’s about mindset and success!)
In case you don’t know, “So You Think You Can Dance” is a reality show, and it’s a competition where contestants learn and perform a routine each week. Through a process of judging and public voting, the contestants are eliminated one- by-one.
On this episode, Paula Abdul (of “Cold-Hearted Snake” fame, and one of the judges on the show) said something so profound. One of the kids had just performed a character piece for the judges, and she was obviously a bit uncomfortable in her character.
Paula told her (I’m paraphrasing here): “I know this is uncomfortable for you. But you know what I like to do when I’m uncomfortable? I get out there, and I just pretend I’m not uncomfortable. I pretend I don’t feel shy. And then, before I know it, I don’t feel uncomfortable any more.”
In other words, she was telling the child to “Fake It until You Make It.”
It’s great advice … for some parts of life, including getting onstage and getting over stage fright.
But does it apply to you, as a conscious entrepreneur?
Some gurus say it does. They say you should act busy and important and rich, even if you’re not busy and rich. They say it will attract the kind of clients you want to attract.
But what if acting that way is out of alignment with your values?
What to do?
In this episode of Flip It!, I explore both sides of this discussion, and I share some suggestions for following the spirit of “Fake It until You Make It” in a way that aligns with your values as a conscious entrepreneur.
Watch it now:
(And if you’re wondering exactly how you can get everything you want simply by flipping your perspective? Check out the first episode here.)