Who struggles with feeling like you are not good enough? I do. I love to work at several things and I have moments of confidence and moments where I feel like I suck at life. Speaking and writing are such vulnerable things because you are putting a little piece of yourself out there each time. Rejection of a piece I wrote often feels like rejection of me. We all long to be accepted, championed and for someone to tell us that we are special. The problem is that every person is going to be rejected and ridiculed. These 4 things keep me confident!
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ~Vincent van Gogh
1. I’m made for a purpose. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true. Every Veggie Tales show ends in, “God made you special and He loves you very much.” We tell our kids this, but have you taken ownership of this for you? You are an intricate part of His plan designed for a special purpose. Hold on to this even when you can’t tell what the heck He made you for.
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”~ William Shakespeare
2. Delete the bad. Our minds are always deleting things. Have you noticed when you buy a new car all of a sudden you see your car everywhere? How did you not see this before? Because our minds are constantly deleting things. It is important to have an attitude of HOPE for this reason. Let’s continuously delete the bad. I had five comments this past week on how much my writing has impacted different people. How cool is that? I also had one person telling me my advice was terrible. I will choose to delete that one!
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~ Aristotle Onassis
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3. Save the good. The Israelites were instructed to build monuments of remembrance at different points in their journey. We should do the same. This will help us remember when we were unsure and it worked out. I’m going to start writing down positive comments, answers to prayer, victories, and hopeless situations that became victories. There is good and bad that happens daily; choose to save the good.
4. Set a timeline. When you are starting something set a timeline. You are going to do the new task until a certain date then check if it is fruitful. If you don’t, a negative comment can derail you especially early on in the process. I have decided to write twice a week for a year and check if there is fruit of the effort by the end of the year. It really helps when I have a blog post that gets two views or a few hundred. Both have happened. The timeline has helped me to keep going when I had two views on a post.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
This subject is so important because if we don’t have confidence we are going to hesitate and give a half-hearted approach. This will lead to a less than desirable result, reinforcing the unbelief in ourselves. Restore your hope and faith! Take a note from the Veggie Tales saying, “God made you special, and He loves you very much.” Now act like it!