In speaking with my mother the other day I was explaining the effects her psychology ultimately had on me. As I've mentioned here many times before I initially shunned her "fake it until you make it" wisdom as a foolish and nonsensical masquerade through the eyes of immaturity.
I regaled her with the tale of understanding through practical application the meaning of her words when I was in Korea and frustrated at my own timidity. Wanting to emulate those around me who exuded self-confidence I began walking with my head held high - and though I was terrified at the time - looking strangers in the eye and addressing them directly and sincerely in passing.
Soon, because I appeared to be self-confident, people started treating me as if I were self-confident, there were even those who confided to attempting to emulate me much as I was endeavoring to emulate others. With each new milestone, my act of self-confidence actually transformed me to what I was desiring to be.
While Gandhi's quote of being the change you want to see in the world seems daunting, its far more surmountable when you add the modifier I have used to great success in my own life:
Pretend to be the change you want to see in the world.
It really is that easy.