FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT!
As an runner, there were plenty of days I would walk onto the starting line NOT IN THE MOOD to give my best. I had to make a choice because I knew that if my coaches or opponents detected my state, I'd be in trouble. There were races where I didn't feel confident in my abilities, no matter how well I prepared. Maybe I was in a slump but one thing I knew for sure was that there was no way I was going to let anyone see my moment of weakness.
Nowadays, when I walk in to teach a class, there is no way or at least I hope I don't let anyone know if I’m tired, sick or off my game. I’m human. I have those days. I literally do a “3-2-1…action!” right before I walk in the door and at that moment….it’s game time.
Suddenly, by acting as if I’m happy, I am.
Suddenly, by acting as if I'm energized, I am.
When I used to walk onto the starting line and act confident, I became confident. When I teach some of my clients, I can see moments when they begin to lose it and I tell them to stand a little taller and FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. It’s science, but also common sense: Choosing to focus on good things makes you feel better than focusing on bad things.
I’m lucky- I don’t have a choice, I don’t get to wake up and see if I want to be happy. Every single morning on average there are at least 20 people counting on me pulling it together. On the mornings I don’t feel like it, it can feel overwhelming but luckily I’ve been faking it till I've made it for over 30 years now. From the basketball court, to the long winding roads and the THE MILL SV studio, I wake up and make myself happy for the moments I need to be. And because of those moments…I am undeniably happier overall.