Skills develop over time, no matter what we do, and faking it with skills simply opens the door to disaster. For me the phrase 'fake it 'til you make it' is about what goes on inside ourselves. I know I'm not alone with that annoying little voice that says 'so who do you think you are then, huh?' That's the voice that encourages me to doubt my skills. The voice that says you're a charlatan, that someone will 'find you out' - oh yes, I've had that all my life, the voice of doubt that thinks that years of experience and all my qualifications count for nothing!
So 'fake it 'til you make it' is all for me. It's turning that voice of doubt around, getting over myself, putting my ego away. Because let's face it, the voice of doubt is generally my ego getting in the way, worrying about making a fool of myself, being too concerned with what others think.
By faking it with myself I can push my ego aside and just plain get on with the job that I know full well I can deliver on. It's pretending with myself that I'm ok with this, that the nerves, the worries, the concerns are not really there at all. It's believing in my abilities to deliver, giving myself the confidence to BE the person I am, to be present in the moment.
Are you ready to fake it with yourself? Because if you are I can pretty much guarantee, you'll make it!