Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Confidence: Fake it til ya make it
What's that they say? Fake it til you make it? Well, when it comes to confidence...that's exactly how I did it.
I was the shy girl when I was younger. I never raised my hand, I certainly never raised hell. But then one day I realized life was passing me by. It was moving right along...without me. I had to do something.
So I did what seemed the safest. I faked confidence. It started when I got my first job. I was sixteen and terrified. I was scared of people, I didn't know how to deal. But I realized I had to deal, or else I wouldn't have a job. So confidence I faked. And four years later, I realize that over time, that confidence became real. I couldn't pinpoint where or when, but I started to believe that I was confident..and one day I was.
To this day, people respect me for the confidence that I have and proudly show. But I remind myself that it wasn't always this way...maybe to keep myself humble. I like the person I've become. Confidence and honesty are two of the most important things in my life and who knew, they go hand in hand. If you're confident, you're not afraid to be honest, and if you're honest, you'll radiate confidence.
Even though I'm not always confident, I have ways that keep me confident, rain or shine.
* Singing Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (poorly) at the top of my lungs. Other favorites include Pat Benatar, Aerosmith, Kelly Clarkson, Melissa Etheridge and my girl Aretha Franklin.
* Wearing my knock-off converse low tops.
* My short pixie hair cut. I keep growing it out to feel "prettier" but I feel ten times more confident with my short cut.
* Having my boyfriend by my side. He is my biggest support system.
What keeps you confident, and when do you feel your best?
*photo via we heart it*