The Art in ‘Faking It’

Elizabeth Pearl Corey, Co-Editor-in-Chief

There is a famous saying that I resonate with on a deeper level and take to heart. “Fake it ’til you make it.” If you know me well, you probably know about my fascination with the Law of Attraction and various other spiritual and philosophical beliefs and teachings. I, as (roughly) all humans to some degree are, am obsessed with success, and the bright smiles of celebrities who claim total confidence in the Law of Attraction (you attract what you are) when recounting how they fearlessly played the part and got it, has tempted me enough to join this world of make-believe into manifestation. They all had (and have) something in common, regarding this technique—be they a former rock-bottom-hitter with nothing to lose and all to gain, someone intrigued by the practice of “living as-if,” or wanting to have a little silly fun by playing pretend as a grown-up. The link that connects them is their willingness to give up all odds of embarrassment and go for the act, even if they had to start a bit shy with it, at first. This is all to say that “faking it until you make it,” can’t hurt if your intention and execution are with good for all concerned.

I think “faking it until you make it,” and “acting as if” are incredibly fun. It seems to me that people have an instinct for imagining things—it drives creation and manifestation. More than that, it’s enjoyable. Recently, I have taken to creating personal stationary and business cards for myself (if I hand you one, or make some sort of grandiose, impossible statement—don’t laugh. I’m just doing my thing, and I’m loving it). I’m not going to lie—they are sickeningly pretentious—but that’s what I love about them. They might be a little “extra,” but they were fun to make and make me feel like I’m on top of the world. Isn’t that the best feeling? Thinking that the world is on your side and wants only good things for you? I think that feeling that way is the bliss that everyone needs to experience—and I hope that everyone truly does get to experience it! That is one of the many reasons why I would advocate the “as-if” for anyone. Of course, I’ve got to be prudent about it…but it’s no lie that sometimes I want to burst into a room and preach it at the top of my lungs. Those are on my exceptionally good days, after miracles manifest, all because of my willingness to suspend all normal logic and apprehension, for even at least a moment. My belief is that, when you think you can do anything, you can. Many greats before me would agree—Buddha, Jesus, Jack Canfield (author of Chicken Soup For The Soul), even Chris Pratt. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or cannot, you are right,” and that plays nicely into this truth I’m squealing about.

So…here’s my challenge to you. Suspend your skepticism and apprehension just long enough to believe you have whatever it is you want. Walk with your head high. You are the CEO of a major company. You’re a police officer with honors. You’re the magna cum laude of your top school. And when you believe it, know it, and make it happen.