Do you have the confidence to become the kind of person you want to become? Step one is to believe in yourself. Step two is to begin today to act like the person you want to become. Anyone can become the person they want to become by just acting like it.
I started thinking of myself as a professional speaker and a writer. I just started pretending to be the person I wanted to be. As soon as I made that mindset change I almost immediately started getting opportunities to speak and to write. I knew I wasn’t that person when I started. It is amazing how much more confidence I created by just acting like that person. No one knew I was acting at the time, but they believed I was that person. Now I believe it.
When I was a kid I did this almost everyday. I’m sure you did too. I was a police officer, an astronaut, a celebrity, etc. and my childhood friends did too. Some of my friends were good at it, and some weren’t. Now as an adult I see other adults acting like the person they want to be. They may seem a little awkward at first but eventually what happens? They eventually become that person.
In recent years you have already done this too. Who were you when you interviewed for that last job? You most likely acted like the person you thought the interviewer was looking for. There is no difference here, except don’t act like someone that someone else wants you to be, act like the person you want to be.
M. Scott Peck, M.D. said:
“Once a mind is truly stretched, it never returns to its former dimensions.” – M. Scott Peck, M.D.
This is true for you once you start acting like the person you want to become. Once your mind believes it, one day you will wake up and be that person.
Becoming a better person, a better spouse, a better friend, a better employee, or a better leader takes time. Pretending to be that person (while you may stumble at first) is the fasted way to becoming that person. Don’t tell me that you can’t do it or that no one will believe you. Who cares, become that person today.
Who do you want to be? When have you acted like someone else to eventually become the person you want to be?