Playing the Part

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When I was in my 20s, I lacked confidence.

You wouldn’t know it, though, because I became a master at a technique called “method acting.”

Method acting is when an actor takes on the entirety of the character they are cast to play. They think like them, behave like them, make choices like them, dress and look like them, express themselves in the same manner.

When walking into a stressful situation, I would channel my mom. She was the strongest, most successful woman I knew.

Pretending to be her in stressful situations served me well into my thirties.

And then I realized something.

I could use this practice to not only pretend to be someone else, but to become someone else.

To become that better version of myself that I was seeking.

To live into the change I wanted to see in myself.

If I wanted to be better with money, I would tell myself, “I am a person who is good with money. What would someone who is good with money choose in this situation?”

I’d run every situation I was faced with through this other person – the one I was trying to become.

And soon, I would become that person.

It’s a powerful exercise.

I’d love to teach you.

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