Whatever You Want to Be: Start Acting Like It

Whatever you want to be in life – novelist, filmmaker, artist, pastor, leader, whatever – there’s one piece of advice I’d give you:  Start acting like it.  Too many people spend years waiting for their opportunity, while successful people step out and do it now. Sure you may not have funding in place, school isn’t finished, you haven’t left your day job, or haven’t picked the right project. But I’ve discovered that everything changes when you start the interior process of being that person.

Is it a lie?  Absolutely not.  After all, what makes you a novelist, filmmaker, or anything else? There’s no certificate needed, and you certainly don’t need a license.  You just need to start thinking like one.  And when you do, here’s what happens:

– Suddenly you stop daydreaming and start doing.

– You change your priorities.

– Your confidence grows, and you become less afraid to network and find mentors.

– You get serious.

– Other people notice the change and begin taking your dream more seriously.

There’s nothing magic about it – it’s just an attitude change that impacts everything and everyone around you. Whatever it is you want to be, stop hiding, lose the fear, embrace the role, and flip the switch.  You’re now a writer, filmmaker, pastor, leader, musician, artist, or whoever.

So start acting like it….

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  • Fritz Scanlan

    Thank you very much for this post.

  • Twenty years ago I was at a seminar for Christian musicians and Michael W. Smith who was at the height of his career then was the speaker. The main thing I remember him saying is that when he moved to Nashville, he decided he was going to act like he belonged there. Need I say more?

  • I noticed you didn’t say “story teller”. : )

  • If I stumble when someone asks me what I do, then I can see their interest falter. What am I? Teacher? Independent Filmmaker? PTA Volunteer? Soccer mom? I need to decide, and then speak with confidence.

    • Sounds like you need to read my book “One Big Thing” Tonya… :-)

      You bring up a great point. If you’re all those things, then speak from the most influential role for that specific need. Many people have day jobs, and juggle multiple roles in life. In fact, this post might be encouraging:
      http://www.philcooke.com/artists-creatives-quit-day-job/

      • Thanks for the link, Phil. And for the book recommendation!

  • amen and amen and amen. did I say amen?

  • Hugh Forster

    Phil, loved this point that you made last week at the ISTORIA conference here in Vancouver.

    My experience is when I am ‘being’ (speaking, acting like) something – it changes both me and how others hear and relate to me. It is all a conversation – when I speak with conviction it changes how others relate. Acting and speaking in a new way gets me out of my past, so I get to give up the limitations of who I was for the powerful place of who I can be in the future.

    • Great point Hugh. Yes – it’s really an inner change that impact other people’s perceptions. And by the way – I had a great time speaking at the Istoria Conference! Thanks for the comment!

      • Hugh Forster

        Inner change brings me to a Scripture I have been focused on recently: For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound Mind. 2Tim1:7; as I embrace this Spirit, His power is certainly changing how I act and talk!