Ways You Really Can Fake It Until You Make It

October 12, 2016  |  
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We’ve all heard the phrase “Fake it until you make it,” but sometimes it can be easier said than done. If you’ve worked hard and waited longer than you would like to reap the benefits of that hard work, it can be hard to “fake it.” Sometimes life can put you in a situation where you don’t feel great about the way things are going and you’re struggling to get the ball rolling. And while you can’t pretend your way though every part of life, faking it until you make it in the following situations really can work. When it comes to these things on your “want” list, acting like you already have them in your possession can help to bring them your way.

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Being Happy

We all know that people smile when they’re happy. But did you know that smiling can even make you happy? Studies show that cheesing even when you don’t mean it can actually help change your outlook.

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Boss Behavior

Striking a powerful pose — with your hand on your hips and your head held high — can actually make you more powerful. Hold the pose for a minute in the mirror and you will feel and be more powerful for the rest of your day. Boost that confidence.

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Knowing the Answer

Studies show that convincing yourself that you know the right answer to a question in a job interview or on a test — even if you’re not sure — can actually lead you to the right one more often than not.

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Success

When people tell you to dress for the life that you want, there’s a lot of truth in that. Dressing for the job or lifestyle you want can help you act the part and convince other people that you deserve opportunities that will take you to the next level.

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Getting Over It

The best way to take yourself out of a bad mood is to pretend that you’re in a better one. Try listening to happy music. A 12-minute track of tunes that talk about a better mood can put you in one.

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Management Qualities

When life or work puts you in a leadership position you don’t feel immediately ready for, you can fake it until you make it. Mimicking someone else who has a similar position can help you become the same kind of leader they are, or better.

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Falling Back in Love

Long-term relationships are emotional roller coasters. Sometimes you find yourself at the bottom of the ride wondering where your feelings went. But acting like you’re deeply in love can actually bring back those feelings that brought you together in the first place.

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Confidence

Tell yourself that you can do something (even when you low-key have doubts) and you will actually perform the task better.

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Doing Better

Whether you wish you weighed a little less, or let love in more, there is a way to fake it until you make it. Studies show that just pretending that you’re the person you want to be — and basing all of your thoughts and actions on it — can make a real change in your life and personality.

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Upgrading Yourself

The saying that “birds of a feather flock together” is not only true, but it can also help you make upward moves. Choose to spend time around people living the life that you want, and in a positive way, and they’ll influence you (and give you the connections) to make the right moves and changes.

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