This week’s question from our portal “Ask Us Anything” comes from Christine.
I’m a little confused by the phrase, “Fake it till you make it.” I’ve never liked phrase; it always bothered me. I hear variations of it, such as: “Live as if.”
I know Price Pritchett talks about “acting without doubt.” How does that work when you actually do have doubts? How is acting without doubt different from faking it until you make it?
There’s a difference between having a doubt and acting on the doubt.
Price Pritchett is talking about acting as if you don’t have the doubt.
You can’t make the doubt go away. If it’s there, it’s there. But you don’t have to obey it. You don’t have to do what it tells you to do (or NOT do).
You can do something completely different.
That’s why I frequently tell people, “Believe in my belief that you can do it.”
Focus on the fact that there are other people who really believe you can do what you want to do. Act according to their beliefs, not the doubts that are in your head.
Those doubts will fade away over time, by the way. But you have to act as if they have no power whatsoever, and go in a different direction.
Say to yourself, “Okay, I have these doubts. I acknowledge that it’s there. AND I’m going to choose to do something different anyway”—as opposed to pretending you don’t have the doubt.