Monday Motivation: Fake It ‘till You Make It

A conversation I had online recently keeps circling around in my mind. “Fake it ‘till you make it.” This may strike some people as deceptive or underhanded.

Not so.

Fake it ’till You Make it

Fake It Till You Make It

Fake it ’till You Make it

Becoming an Alaska Professional Guide is an enormous responsibility.

A few of the strengths and characteristics required of a guide to be able to excel as a Professional Guide are confidence, self-motivation, readiness and observation.

Trainees may be self-motivated all on their own, but the confidence, readiness and observation are built, built upon and strengthened by time and experience. Nothing else.

Experience takes time.

I have always been proud to be part of Pioneer Outfitters and Master Guide Terry Overly’s crew.

They represent everything I have ever aspired towards.

A good business doing a very natural service of guiding people safely into a great wilderness.

But, there is a bigger reason.

The kindness and generosity of Master Guide Terry Overly, is what makes Chisana and Pioneer Outfitters home.

The consistent encouragement and support to do more as individuals.

The room to grow and improve in my own time. Honor, loyalty and integrity.

These are Professional Guide Values, they are the values of Master Guide Terry Overly, the Pioneer Outfitters team and they are the values I live by.

This is what I pass onto the trainees that come to us.


Walkin’ the walk.

Knowing that each one of the men and women we meet and train will go on, confidently, teaching and guiding others to their dreams.

What does it take to accept the responsibility of someone else’s dream?


What does it take to make the right decisions, fast?


Walkin’ the walk.


Now, think about this.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
~ Henry Ford

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”
~ Les Brown

“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality.”
~ Napoleon Hill

“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?”
~ Tony Robbins

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
~ James Allen.

“Act as if you have already achieved your goal and it is yours.”
~ Dr. Robert Anthony

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
~ Aristotle

Still with me? Ok then.

Fake it ‘till you make it.

I am not speaking to someone to go out and put themselves or someone else in danger or to lie and misrepresent themselves.

What I am saying is that you have to believe it.

Live it.

Breathe it.

The truth and reality of what you are working towards.

Walk the walk.

That starts with believing you ARE this. You CAN do this. You WILL.

Walk the walk.

So, ‘fake it till you make it’ means that YOU believe that this is who and what you are, act accordingly and never give up.

This means you are “walkin’ the walk.

Believing this, learning and working for this will create this reality around you.

Believing this, and following through with all that is required and as much more as can be mustered, will also give you the much needed boost when you are tired or frustrated.

Believing this, will supply the inspiration to try again, to not quit.

Fake it ’till you make it.

Walk the walk.

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4 Responses to Monday Motivation: Fake It ‘till You Make It

  1. Great motivation Amber, it’s not always easy to readily find confidence especially to lead others into the great wilderness but it seems the right idea is to have a great role model such as Terry was for you…to “fake it” in the same way that many guides can look to you today as someone they wish to aspire to be.

    • Gail!
      Sheesh! I am happy you stopped in!

      You, again nailed it. Coming into the realization that they were (and do) look to me and remembering how I felt as I was learning all that had to be learned, changed my life. They made me a leader. Every day, I remind myself of that fact. I do not give in to “can’t” and I do not acknowledge any “wont” that comes up, preparing them to guide other people into the wilderness. Everything I study, learn and do is with my mind constantly working to improve each experience for our guests and clients as well as to share each different experience and the reasoning’s behind each with each trainee and guide, to pass along as much I am able to.

      Thank you for being here, Gail.

  2. I loved all the quotes! When I think I can’t…you pop up with one of these posts!
    I very much doubt any one you have trained would have to fake it for long..might have a Duh moment, but then the training would kick in. I can relate though to being Duh, with no clue , but what I wanted to do, wanting it enough to..keep at it till ya get it! Persistence. I guess that IS ‘fake it till you make it’

    As Always ~*~

    • Ann,
      Yes! Persistence is another important one! You cannot give up. I love quotes, you know that, but sometimes, they really make all the difference. Small pieces of inspiration, motivation or wisdom that just “click” and then the “ahhh” moment. I, myself have gained so much from them, I feel I need to share it with as many people as I can…

      Thank YOU, for “As Always”

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