Sara Potler LaHayne, the founder & CEO of Move This World, spoke of forbidding the use of "I think x, y and z," and "I feel x, y and z," in cases where her female employees are actually stating facts. She also advises against including inflections in sentences. All three of these habits don't convey confidence.
The three women were part of a panel of 10 successful female founders talking about the "Ten Things Every Female Founder Should Know."
What was evident was that it is not so easy to step into our power and go confidently in the direction of the things we desire. When we find we cannot muster the belief to propel us, it may require "acting as if." Our willingness to "act as if" allows for physical, psychological and environmental shifts to occur.
What is one opportunity that terrifies you, but for which you are willing to "act as if" today?