Day 11 of the ’30 Ways To Play With Your Imposter Syndrome’ Challenge.
We’ve taken another step into the double digits today – Hooray!
If you ever doubt your achievements… focus on the unfakeables.
– Christian Bale “famously shed 60 pounds for his part as Trevor, an individual who suffers from insomnia, in the 2004 film “The Machinist.””
– Ashton Kutcher “adopted a fruitarian diet while preparing for his role as the late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs in the 2013 film “Jobs.”
However, the choice to only eat fruits, seeds and nuts, and no animal products landed him in the “hospital two days before we started shooting the movie,” Kutcher told The Associated Press via Us Weekly.
“I was like doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was completely terrifying, considering everything.”
– Shia LeBeouf didn’t think the makeup wounds on his face looked realistic enough. So he cut his face with a knife instead.
– Leonardo DiCaprio for his Oscar-winning role in “The Revenant”:
“Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set,” he continued. “[I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly.”
Actors pretend for a living.
They are paid to be imposters.
They fake being in certain situations.
They fake being particular people.
They fake what’s really happening.
And that’s why we’re sometimes drawn so much to what they DON’T fake.
When they do their own stunts.
When they spend months learning a new skill for a role.
Or when they build their biceps, triceps, quadriceps, and all the other ‘ceps on their body.
Whether we respect their dedication, think it’s pointless, or think they are crazy…
… there’s no denying what they accomplished along the way.
So what about your own accomplishments?
Even if you dismiss them, there’s no denying you actually did them.
(Unless you really did lie and cheat to get it. Then you should take the ‘syndrome’ out of ‘imposter syndrome’.)
– Got that qualification
– Got that promotion
– Got through that test
– Got paid for delivering a job
– Got published
– Got recognised for quality work
… then you have achievements that are REAL.
Even if you feel YOU are a fraud…
… or an actor unqualified trying to play a role…
… remember to focus on accomplishments you HAVEN’T faked.
If you find yourself talking down any achievements…
… let me ask you:
Did you still have to do SOME work to achieve them?
Spot an opportunity?
Learn a new skill?
A new way of thinking?
Loosened your grip on perfectionism to get it done?
THOSE things you didn’t fake…
… the things REAL frauds sometimes don’t or can’t do.
How will you use those unfakeable abilities towards your next achievement?
Lucus “writing 30 unfakeable emails this month” Allerton
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