The thing about the C word is that we all need more of it.
I’m talking of course, about Confidence.
Most, if not all of us – suffer in one way or another and from time to time – from a lack of confidence.
We too easily forget how well we performed last time we had to step up to the proverbial plate and then allow ourselves to feel unable to deliver what is needed.
Confidence is one of the most attractive things a person can possess.
Without it we can become completely crippled.
There are all kinds of studies and articles out there about raising children to be confident by allowing them to fail when they are young, developing resilience to push through, praising them when they do well and nurturing their tender hearts as they grow up learning to love themselves and those around them. All of this is good and correct I believe.
I have three such children myself – all confident young adults now I am happy to report.
Each time however, one of them has a bit of an obstacle in front of them, I have to dig deep into my own reserves of confidence to trust and believe they will come through, knowing that I may have some influence but the action has to come from them.
Confidence is crucial in so many arenas of life and perhaps most of all, when it comes to putting our confidence in others – whether they are young people we are willing on to win in some small or even significant way or other. less familiar individuals who we perhaps reluctantly rely in some subtle way.
There are many things we can do alone but we can only go so far without the help and love of others.
It takes a certain amount of confidence to be part of something bigger – even if that is merely a partnership of some sort.
A business or a marriage.
A community or a church.
Who do you regularly put your confidence in?
Maybe it is someone you hadn’t considered until now…