What Is Your Instinct Telling You? - Happiness Vlog

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Faking it till making it isn't disingenuous when you follow your gut and work hard. Here's why! X

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When people dive headfirst into doing something that looks and sounds completely crazy, we’d ask, “How do you know it’s going to work out?”

And the answer is likely, “I don’t know, I just feel it.” And that makes it even more incredible that they’re going to go ahead to do something that they don’t know is going to work out.

Whether it’s because of the society, or our upbringing, it’s like there’s this programming within us to have the need for certainty.

This is where the source of so many of our fears come from. We’re not certain that we’re not going to get rejected if we ask someone out, so we test the waters with our toes. But by the time we’re done testing, that person might not be available anymore. The time has come and gone.

This applies to every single thing in our lives - there are so many things we wish to do, but by the time we’re done analysing and over analysing them, our dreams have turned into daydreams.

Most people who take the plunge seem confident because they an optimistic belief that things are going to work in their favour.

This optimism can be called naivety, but sometimes it is precisely because they didn’t know it was impossible that they dared try. And something is always impossible until someone comes along and proves otherwise.

The founder of TOMS shoes, Blake Mycoskie, started and sold four businesses before the age 30, and he said in a radio interview that like any young entrepreneur, he faked it till he made it.

Faking it till making it can be seen as a con, or misleading people, but for some people, their gut gives them the confidence to pursue something.

Then, it’s simply a matter of following their instinct and then working hard to deliver what they promised. Say yes first, and then work it out.

We never know if something is going to succeed or fail, whether we’ll be accepted or rejected, but what’s more important than the result is our mindset going in - to embrace that it’s a journey and an experience that you’re going to thankful for either way.

There’s no right or wrong, and everyone sees things and risks differently, but if we have the right mindset, then no matter what we do or don't do, we’re going to be happy, always.

Xandria Ooi, Happiness Vlog
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