When I started in the personal training business eight years ago I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I spent my days at the gym, and my nights researching training strategies, the psychology of motivation, and body movement periodization. The biggest hurdle for me however was the fact that I was still battling myself. I didn’t feel like I was fit enough, pretty enough, outgoing enough or confident enough to be a successful trainer. I was afraid to be myself, afraid that I wouldn’t measure up, and worse than anything, afraid that my clients would figure out that I was a fraud.
Then one day, my boss pulled me aside and gave me perhaps the best piece of advice that I’ve ever received. He started the conversation by negating all of my fears of falling short, and then he qualified my pursuit of confidence by advising me to fake it till I made it. And so I did.
Literally, within just a few months, my confidence, both professionally and personally transformed. I became the confident person that I had always wanted to be.
The thoughts we think about ourselves have the power to be self-fulfilling prophesies, so lend your inner ear to uplifting thoughts of how you want to be. Pursue the “confident you” that deserves to be free from doubt and fear, and fake it till you make it. Stop thinking about what might happen if you don’t measure up, and start believing that you will not only measure up, but instead will exceed expectations. If your self-belief isn’t up to par yet, don’t worry, just fake it until it is.