Happiness Resolution #4: Act As If

This is a great one, and I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while.

“Act as if” means that you behave as if what you want to achieve or who you want to become is already a reality. It’s a little like dressing for the job you want, not the job you have. Or smiling even if you’re unhappy because people will smile back at you. When you act “as if” you were already the person you intend to be (notice, I said intend, not wish) you exude more confidence, authority, happiness, and positive energy.

While going about your day, ask yourself questions about how you would respond to various situations if you were that person already. What would you say when you have a difficult interaction at work? How much more authoritatively would you assert your opinions and leadership? What would you eat or what activities would you pursue if you were already in excellent physical health or had already lost those 20 pounds you’ve been carrying around? How would you respond to your children if you were already a great parent? Making decisions from this perspective takes creativity and energy, but it is well worth the effort. By acting “as if,” you are already well on your way to effecting positive change in who you are and what you want to be.

Much more to say on this, but I wanted to put this out there today. Acting “as if” I have time to blog.


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