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The alternative to "fake it 'til you make it"
There is a reason "fake it 'til you make it" is a saying.
As we grow in our professional lives, people need to step up and take on new responsibilities, try new things, and fill new roles. And if they do not have confidence that they will succeed, they may feel like they have “impostor’s syndrome.”
"Fake it 'til you make it" is the advice that is often given. Pretend you can until you have the experience and therefore know you can.
For some people, this works.
But not everyone wants to get “fake.” If you can build the confidence of your people, they can grow their skills authentically. Help them see that expanding their competencies is part of who they are. They can choose to be the best version of themselves, not pretend to be someone different.
This also works for our own development, as well. Work on being the best version of you. And know that each of us are still a “work in progress”—there is always the capacity to expand, refine, or improve what we do. Never stop learning. You can do it.