Fake it to make it or become it?

Fake it until you become it – Amy Cuddy

We have all heard the phrase, “Fake it ’til you make it.” There is something somewhat inspiring about this concept and yet a little disconcerting at the same time.
The downside is that faking it until you make it gives the impression that while we made it we might still be faking it and therefore are still not it.
No one truly wants to be a fake, nor does anyone want to follow a fake. If you haven’t heard of Amy Cuddy, she did a TED Talk back in 2012 talking about how power posing affects testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain.
She talks about many things, but one thing that she spent some time caught my ear. It was this idea of “faking it until you become it” is actually what is occurring rather than “faking it until you make it.”
She explains that when we truly fake it, we begin to think, act, feel, perceive and believe that we really are it. That is the crucial point: we do not actually continue faking it because by truly embracing the illustrious it, we actually do take on all of the things that the it is comprised of. This is pretty incredible to think about and even better to implement. So don’t just wait to feel confident, driven, calm, or prepared; take on the confidence by behaving like a confident person, behave like a driven person, behave like a calm person. Little by little, chemically and mechanically our bodies and minds will take on the attributes we are faking, therefore we should fake it until we become it because we will actually become it.
This is an important concept to train staff members in who are seemingly stagnant or floundering. It is something tangible for them. It requires no extra education. They can literally control how they are perceived by others, by changing how they behave and what they believe about themselves while faking it to become it. Final bonus point- the employee will feel valued because you have shown specific interest in him/her as a person not just an employee.
Simple. Uncomplicated. Confidence building.
Check out Amy Cuddy on Youtube

About christamroszczak

There are many things that we could all say about ourselves in our "about me" information. I would just like to explain -Why- I created this blog. I see a gap in the abilities of the people who move through our workforce. I see a lack of passion, work ethic, drive, respect and feelings of significance. The solution is in the leadership. The leadership needs to drive passion, hold standards, and inspire growth, but all too often, it alienates, turns a blind eye, or shifts blame. My focus is in customer service careers for a few reasons: 1. Customer service is often times where our next generation of professionals will come from. This is because often times they are working through school, in between school, or after school, but before careers. There is an entire niche of people in that very category needing to be believed in, shown how to hold a standard, pushed to be their best and shown how to train others to do the same. 2. We need to lead our middle management to train up everyone to be a trainer in their area. Middle management needs to be consistent with expectations and consequences. 3. We need to show middle management and their teams that everyone should be thinking about not only the job they have, but the job they want because the job they have now will be what sets them up for the job they want later. 4.There needs to be hands on training with management to help break the bad habits and even to form good habits with the new training tools they receive. Managers go to management or leadership training and come back with all excitement yet no follow through. Too often "inspiring" becomes coddling, "leading not managing" becomes making friends or doing all the work oneself, "encouraging" becomes caving, and "holding the standard" becomes pridefully rigid or even hypocritical. Someone once said, Hire slowly and fire swiftly. While this is a strong concept, when put into practice it actually shows the employees that the job is worth getting, they will be invested in and trained well, and that employees who refuse to improve or change a bad habit/attitude will not be allowed to continue to drag everyone down with them. This fair concept shows respect to the other employees and the customers. Holding the standard, being consistent and fair while simultaneously showing honest respect and care for the team at every level will produce success every time. I created this blog for employers and employees to utilize and hopefully get inspiration and some tips on how to create an efficient, productive, and successful working environment no matter what career you choose. We want to empower our employees at all levels to take pride in their work and to foster an environment that allows for nothing else.
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