The expression "fake it til you make it" was something I heard back in the days when I worked at a government call centre. Because it was the government, there were always changes to policy and new stuff popping up every day. It could all be a little daunting at times. Team coaching was a big part of the culture of the organization and this was a catch cry that our team was taught.
Being brave is easy for some people and I admire those who have the courage to grab life with both hands and leap at new opportunities that come their way. Unfortunately I haven't felt like I was one of those people. I always seemed to choose the safe option and that meant that I missed out on things because the chance to act passed by before I'd given myself permission to be brave and just go for it. But that's not the case anymore!
No siree! Part of my midlife mantra now includes "no regrets!" - so far I've been brave enough to start a blog, brave enough to change jobs, brave enough to invest in my marriage when things looked dark, brave enough to let my children leave the nest and brave enough to embrace this next stage of life. I think that's a pretty good start for an ex-wilting wallflower! If I have to fake it til I make it, well that's okay too - at least I'm putting myself out there and having a go.
Nothing worthwhile in life comes without some effort and even some pain, that's what ultimately gives it value. Being brave enough to tackle new challenges means that I won't be missing out on opportunities that I've previously let get away from me. How exciting to think that there is more to learn and more to experience - I can't wait!