Friday, June 29, 2012
Fake It 'til you Make It
I am a firm believer in the "fake it 'til you make it" concept, because if you're anything like me, you probably really are qualified to do a lot more than you think you can do, but you don't try those things because they're scary.
Why am I talking about this? I joined a new library today. I haven't been to a library in a couple of years, but since I'm living in one place for the whole summer I finally have the opportunity to join one again. After I got my card, I wandered over to the stacks and suddenly felt overwhelmed and unsure if I still remembered how to find the books I wanted. But here's the kicker: in college I took a whole semester of Advanced Research Methods where we did nothing but learn how to use the library. With that in mind, I gave myself a self-depricating peptalk ("Really, Laura, really?!?!") and marched myself over to the computer to look at the library catalogue, because that's what you do at a library. I knew that if I made myself go through the motions and make it look like I knew what I was doing, I would remember how to do it along the way. And that's exactly what happened.
That same principle applies to trying out craft projects. If you find instructions for an adorable craft project that seems a little out of your league, ignore the doubts in the back of your mind and give it a shot. You just might be amazed by the results.
Fake it 'til you make it, Baby!