You have probably heard the expression ‘fake it til you make it’ – or in other words, pretend to be who you wish to become, until you can say you really are that person. I would suggest that ‘work on it til you make it’ might be a more accurate expression. But how does one actually ‘work on’ becoming something new?
You have probably heard the expression ‘fake it til you make it’ – or in other words, pretend to be who you wish to become, until you can say you really are that person. I would suggest that to be able to ‘fake it’ (‘it’ potentially representing a personality trait, a skill, a position, etc.), the ‘it’ actually needs to be within you, even if only on a small scale. Otherwise, how would you even know how to pretend? So perhaps ‘faking it’ aren’t quite the right words… ‘Work on it til you make it’ might be a bit more accurate.
But how does one actually ‘work on’ becoming something new?
As I’m just starting my journey on developing myself as a leader, I realise I have one very important element missing to help me ‘work on it’. And that is, space! To give this leadership dream all the opportunities to develop and become real, I need to give it the right space – mentally and physically.
The first reality check in that process for me was to realise how much of my time I think of myself as the head of communications, as opposed to leader in training. Needless to say, the latter was a scarce occurrence. It’s very challenging to think of oneself as something we don’t feel we are.
To help me with this, I’ve decided to try and create the physical space to work on my leadership skills. Essentially, this means allocating time to tasks and learnings that will enhance my new role of leader in training. With the right mental and physical space, I can sense substantial changes coming up in terms of how I perceive my role and how ‘it’ actually evolves.
So there you’ve got it. Give your dreams – whether they be short term, small projects or long term, audacious goals – the right head and calendar space to blossom and you might soon realise, there’s no need to fake anything!
Cheering you on!