One of the most important traits for leaders to develop is confidence in themselves and their own abilities. Building confidence comes with time and creating a pattern of success as well as learning from our mistakes. As we develop our confidence it is natural to be nervous in certain situations or with new people. One of the ways we can work to overcome our nerves in these situation is using a technique called “Fake It ‘Til You Make It”. This is really nothing more than just trying to pump ourselves up a little before we go into a situation that makes us nervous and act as if we are confident, even when we are not.
Benefits of Fake It ‘Til You Make It
It may seem as if the idea of Fake It Til You Make It is not genuine or authentic, but what we’re really trying to do with this technique is make our rational brains and physical bodies take on attitudes and postures that indicate confidence. By taking on these attitudes and postures, that will help our emotional state get more used to the idea of entering this new situation and reduce a little of that anxiety. Additionally, when the others around us see that we are acting confident, it will put them at more at ease with the situation and that will further help bring our emotional state to a place of more confidence.
In today’s video, Jason talks more about how using Fake It ‘Til You Make It can help make you feel a little more confident in new situations and how it fits into building long-term confidence. He also talks about situations where this technique is useful and some situations that you may not want to try to fake your way through.
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