It was summer, 2009. I had just been to Gabby Bernstein’s lecture at Soho House in NYC’s Meatpacking district and she told the eager audience to “Fake it till you make it!”
I loved hearing that and it became one of those defining statements that helped me to build a great little fashion blog: TheStylester.com. I was shy and not that confident that I had anything to say about fashion that anyone else would care about. I still went ahead with it, put my enthusiasm for fashion and dressing up into it and faked confidence and I made it! I was getting sent accessories, makeup and sample to blog about and attending many industry events.
Then came the desire to do something bigger, be something better and The Lifester was born around January of this year. This is what I learnt from building The Lifester and establishing myself as a life coach, mentor and building a business. Just Faking it is not enough, you have to do something more. You have to channel excellence in order to be excellent.
You have to channel excellence in order to be excellent.
I hit a personal milestone this week and taught my first meditation class on Monday. The first time I meditated was only a year ago. How did I get to the point where I am teaching so quickly? I desired it, so much, with all my being. I was in love with being able to teach and I didn’t want to just fake it, I want to BE it!
Just Faking it is not enough, you have to do something more. You have to channel excellence in order to be excellent.
Instead of Faking it, Channel Till You Make It
Fake it till you make it has its benefits but instead of that I recommend channeling till you make it. I talk about how to channel excellence in the video above. Watch it and then I want you to follow these steps so you can channel as well.
- Think of a dream or goal that you have which you want so bad that you are willing to fake it till you make it!
- Then slow down and take a deep breath and think of how you can channel it till you make it instead.
- Think of someone you admire who already has what you want and does what you want to do. Acknowledge their excellence, thank them in your heart and mind for being who they are and for doing that thing hey do so well.
- Imagine that person working through you. Let yourself be an instrument to that excellence and you will have genuinely experienced that same excellence.
Please do try this, in practice or just as an exercise and let me know how it went in the comments below.