The key to acting “as if” is faith. The way to faith is through my fears. I have made progress and stay entirely ready when I turn fears over to my faith and simply act “as if.”
As we discussed, acting “as if” can seem to be in conflict with being genuine and authentic. However, when we are willing (making choices) to make positive progress and to have God shape us toward our potential as spiritual beings, then acting in accordance with those intentions is genuine in spite of our real feelings. ~ P., Bill; W., Todd; S., Sara. Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects – Steps Six and Seven (p. 20). Hazelden Publishing. Kindle Edition.
You can act as if you’re abstinent,
besides all the other stuff.
Act as if you came to believe
a Power greater than you just might
restore you to sanity.
You can act as if you made a decision
to turn your will and your life and will
over to the care of God
whether you understood Him or not.
You can do the best you can
on an inventory and act as if
it’s fearless. You can do your inventory,
showing up and following the lead
of your sponsor or whoever you choose.
Act like you’re not afraid, as though
you know what you’re doing.
Act as if. Fake it until you make it.
When we are willing, when we choose
the best guess as to what we should do,
when we are willing to have God
shape us toward our potential as spiritual beings,
then acting in accordance
with those intentions is genuine
in spite of our real feelings.
The key to getting where you want to be
is faith whether it feels like
you have it or not.