I must admit, my confidence was never always there, and I’m still building on that. When I just started writing I would only share with a few people. In fact, one of my most poplar articles was almost never released. I was not confident. Many successful people will also tell you that they weren’t as confident as they are now. It is important however to believe in yourself and what you do. Don’t doubt. Be definite.
It was Marcus Garvey who said “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.”
While it may not be present in the beginning, it develops over time, IF you keep at it (stay tuned for day 8). So whether or not you get it right the first time, remain confident, it will get better. You only fail, when you choose not to get back up.
Have confidence in your work. Suggest it to people every chance you get! Feedback is instrumental to your growth so be open to constructive criticism, it only makes you better. I know, it’s not always a good feeling to hear that something you’ve worked hard at, is subpar, but you can only evolve if you know your flaws. Mention for example an article you’ve written in conversations that you think may be related. If you sew, and you happen to see someone on Facebook asking for a designer, mention yourself, even if you think you’re not up to par. Why? This will force you into development as you’ll have to work harder to produce better material. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve heard persons say they agreed to do things that they had no clue how to. It’s after agreeing that they went to learn.
When you’re confident, you really sell yourself to others. You may be baking from your home kitchen, but your confidence can make it seem as though you own a bakery. Confidence is attractive in any arena.
As a child of God, I’ve come to find also that my confidence should not be solely in self, but also the giver of the gift. No, I’m not only referring to spiritual gifts. & No, not only the spiritual things we do are onto God (Colossians 3:17 & 1 Corinthians 10:31). If He was faithful to invest in you, He’ll be faithful to develop you. It’s important that we become less reliant on our abilities and giftings, and more reliant on God. God can make someone with basic kitchen skills look like a world class culinary chef.
Be confident in yourself. Have confidence in your craft. Have confidence in God & remember that temporary defeat is not failure.
Think on: Hebrews 10:35-36 & Philippians 1:6
Thank God for your gifts. Pray that the Lord will help you on this journey to confidence. Ask Him to rid you of low self esteem & to help you to believe in yourself, to take criticism as something to build you up, & not break you down. Ask Him to help you to be bold, and not doubtful, to get up at every fall. To exalt you, as you rely on Him.