I’m guessing you have heard the expression, “fake it until you make it,” like a billion times before. Have you ever put that phrase into action though? Given it a real chance?
Really, honestly ask yourself that question!
But you should!
Like, if you are feeling nervous right before going into a class… why not fake it until you make it?! And what I mean by that is change your attitude. Begin by just working to radiate positivity.
For as long as I can remember, my mom always told me to let everyone else be nervous and mess themselves up. Instead to just have fun and ride my horse. It does no good to bring nerves into a class with you, she would tell me.
So when I don’t feel positive I fake it.
Because when you project positive, confident energy into the universe, amazing things happen.
And that holds true for all aspects of ones life – in and out of the show ring.
The sooner that you start to live and embrace a positive, happy, healthy way of life, the sooner you can achieve whatever it is you want.
We all have moments of uncertainty, but faking confidence can build real confidence. In fact, in lots of ways it is a major talent to be able to walk into a room (or ride into a class) and fake like you know what the heck you are doing (even when things are not going how you planned), when in truth, you might be totally clueless.
But, as with any skill, it takes work.
As we all know, practice makes perfect.
So start practicing confidence. Confidence in yourself. Confidence in your riding ability. Show that confidence in your body language. Sit up tall. Smile.
Gain confidence in life.
When you feel confident, you feel strong (which is [BTW] one of the main reasons I love Show Season – because I can create outfits that I feel confident and powerful in). You can then tap into that confidence to accomplish whatever it is you want – whether if that is riding your dream horse, winning a National title, or just simply showing.
That is faking it until you make it. Because eventually you wont be faking it any more.
And that doesn’t mean being a fake person. It means changing your attitude and the tone of your life.
And begin today. Not tomorrow. Today.