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Let’s give Michelle of Fake It Til You Make It a big SITS welcome. Michelle’s blog shows us that not only can we overcome adversity, we can grow from it and STILL stay positive! Michelle writes from the heart with much reflection.
I love your Title and Tag Line. How were they “born”?
The title of my blog “Fake It Til You Make It” was inspired from my experience of adjusting to life as a paraplegic. It’s such an overwhelming thing to be walking around one day, and the next being told you’ll never walk again. Countless negative thoughts can begin to take shape, any of which can take root and grow into something even worse than what you’re already dealing with, so I told myself I would just “be ok” with my situation, since the alternative of “not being ok” wouldn’t change the facts. I’d just be unable to walk AND be miserable, as opposed to choosing to be happy and unable to walk. So basically, I decided to “fake it” — until such time that I’d actually accepted my reality.
You are a motivational speaker. How has your life experiences shaped who you are today and enabled you to help others to be optimistic?
By dealing with, at times, less than ideal life circumstances with a positive attitude, I’ve proven to myself that I can overcome a lot and still be “ok” — and even better than just ok, happy and living a fulfilling life. I share this with others, and try to show that, although life is not always easy, it’s better to roll with the punches than to keep letting yourself get knocked out. Life will happen, both the good and the bad, and often it’s out of our control. How we choose to deal with it IS in our control and can greatly affect the outcome.
What advice can you give us about finding balance in life?
It’s important to always remember some simple, yet profound, truths:
1. We can’t fully appreciate the sweet without having first tasted the sour.
2. Perfection is not part of the human experience.
3. Fighting against strong tides wears you out, and will eventually drown you…better to ride the tide.
4. Don’t mistake “acceptance” for “defeat” — Acceptance is to act within the framework of circumstance.
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