Fake it till you make it. I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase before. Have you actually incorporated that into your daily life though?
Being a small business owner has caused me to come out of my shell, be more extroverted, act more confidently, have more purpose and pursue goals that otherwise I might not have.
Is it normal for me to expose myself, not THAT kind of exposure silly, exposure of my fear, my weaknesses, my inadequacies? Heck no!! Instead of showing my fear, weakness and inadequacies, I (try to) fake it till I get through the difficult situation at hand.
From a personal standpoint, some areas that I need help with include: speaking in front of large crowds of people, small talk at networking events and taking criticism. Now speaking in front of large crowds of people used to make me want to vomit and crawl under a rock. Since I’ve decided to seize each moment and focus on working through this fear, progress has been made and I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Public speaking and learning to think on the fly at marketing & networking events, fairs, one-on-one, just about every speaking opportunity is a way for me to hone my skills and work through my fears.
Taking criticism is another hard area I’ve been confronting. Marie Forleo has a great video on youtube where she talks about this and one thing that really hit home is to NOT TAKE IT PERSONAL. Any constructive criticism that’s done with good intentions gives me a place to grow. Hearing, “Your article sucks!” or “Your prices are too high” don’t affect me as in days past but I’m human and still have moments where I zone in on myself and my inner demons start to rise up. With proper visualization and self-talk, those creepy, demeaning, and not-so-nice demons get put back right in their place real quick.
My weaknesses and inadequacies don’t stop me. I keep my nose to the grind and do the best I can, weaknesses and all: I fake it until I make it. I fake it until I achieve my desired goal. I fake that smile when I feel like frowning and fake that upbeat attitude when all I want to do is bite your head off and smack someone.
I’ve found inspirational people that I can learn from and communities of like-minded people to share ideas with. Getting feedback from others in the pet sitting industry has given me confidence and motivation. All the struggles I’ve gone through have made me a better individual. Practicing the ‘faking it till I make it’ mantra has enable me to mingle with people I thought were WAY out of my league, move forward in my personal and professional life.
If you feel overwhelmed, fearful, inadequate, all I can say is keep on going. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel and being your own boss, running your own small business takes a lot of courage (and faking). You might not feel like you’re worthy or able to accomplish what you want in life but I have a feeling that if you can keep persevering, keep holding on and keep on faking it until you reach and surpass that area in question, you’ll be just fine. Seize every opportunity.
Want to have a motivational chat? Do you have your own pet sitting business and need someone to bounce some ideas off of? I’m your girl. Send me a message HERE or fill out the contact form at the end of this article.
With You In the Journey,
sit-stay-play In-home pet sitting & more.LLC
Serving Muncie and east central Indiana