Fake It ‘Til You Become It

“Don’t fake it ’til you make it. Fake it ’til you become it.”

Amy Cuddy

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Start Close In

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way of starting
the conversation.

Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something
simple.

To find
another’s voice,
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes a
private ear
listening
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

-David Whyte

There’s Only One Step

“There’s only one step to ever take in this lifetime. Listen to your heart. You’ve got an inspired success strategy within you. You have an alchemy that will alter every single circumstance and spin iron into gold. Let’s be real. There are no pre-packaged steps to a singular destiny. You have never been here before. Your lifetime can be a regurgitation of the limitations of society. Or it can be an initiation into something creative, healing, and alive — for which you came. It’s your choice.”

-Tama Kieves

You Don’t Have a Career. You Have a Life.

“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don’t know what it is yet.”

-Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things