“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
There is nothing in my life that I’ve determined to achieve and failed to accomplish.
I know that sounds incredibly cocky, but it’s true.
Whether it was getting into law school, passing the bar, travelling the world, joining one of the most elite real estate teams in Orange County, CA, launching a profitable business, or getting in the best shape of my life, when I’ve set my mind to an achievement, I’ve accomplished it.
This doesn’t mean it’s always easy (it’s all been hard), and it doesn’t mean I’ve never failed (I’ve got the screw-ups to prove it).
Most importantly, it doesn’t mean these things have been accomplished in my own strength.
It just means that with the ongoing renewal of my mind (my mindset), I’ve found the rightly-placed confidence to do whatever God has (and hasn’t) led me to.
Allow me to explain.
The Power of “Christ-confidence”
Popular culture feeds our egos. It encourages us to believe that we can do everything in our own strength. It doesn’t take much to look around and see how untrue that is. A lot of the frustration and anguish we experience in life is a result of misplaced confidence and ego.
If you are willing to be completely honest, you have insecurities. You have shortcomings, fears, and “issues” that require consistent conquering.
Being consistently confident in yourself isn’t easy.
But when you see confidence as faith in God, you can learn to remain confident. You can become confident consistently.
The truth is you are inherently valuable. You have been designed and crafted by the Creator of the universe with complete and unconditional love.
And, as a believer, it’s because you have the all powerful Spirit of God living inside of you (as woo-woo as that may sound) that all things are possible.
It’s Christ’s ability in you that makes you able in all things.
For me this is so freeing. I no longer judge my own ability. I no longer allow the fear of failing, or taking risks that I feel led to, to keep me from trying. I no longer doubt whether or not I can achieve the desires of my heart.
I know that because of the love, grace, and power living in me, I can do whatever I need to do in this life.
It’s not totally up to me.
If I do my part, I can trust, know, and rely on the fact that God will do His. I can believe in myself, because of God’s ability in me.
The only thing standing between you and that truth is your ability to believe it.
And, you will never see this truth in your life unless you do.
What Happens When You Live with Misplaced Confidence and Why It Matters to Your Business
I really don’t need to say this, but I will.
Business is challenging.
From rejection, to learning curves, from obstacles to life’s tragedies, there is nothing life refrains from throwing at you as an entrepreneur.
Without rightly-placed confidence you can easily find yourself:
- “playing small,”
- letting your competitors intimidate you,
- feeling jealous of others success,
- avoiding even small risks that could lead to opportunity,
- seeking the approval of others to live out your dream,
- battling depression,
- feeling tempted to quit,
- and settling for mediocrity.
Without confidence you will never step into the fullness of your calling as an entrepreneur.
In Michael Port’s brilliant and timeless masterpiece, Book Yourself Solid, Michael explains that you must be “fully self-expressed” as an entrepreneur.
“You can’t water yourself down in any way, shape, or form. If you do, you won’t be of interest to the people you’re meant to serve,” say’s Port.
This means being anything less than who you’ve been created to be (basically lacking confidence); will hold you back from reaching your maximum potential – even in your business.
It’s Time to Stop Selling Yourself Short
The number one job you have in this life, next to knowing God, is developing your personal potential.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
- How many more opportunities will you miss?
- When will it really be the “right time”?
- How much longer will you hide behind your computer, your struggle, or your circumstances?
- When will you start to write that book, give that talk, host that workshop, or create that product in your heart?
- What are you afraid of, really?
You must believe that God wants you to succeed. He DID NOT create you for failure.
This doesn’t mean you won’t fail. It just means that when you do, you can trust that He will work ALL THINGS out for your good.
Be confident in the abilities He’s given you, be confident in your relationship with Him, and be confident in the promises of His word.
This year, I want to hear about the enormous breakthroughs you’re having in your business and in your life. I want my inbox to be flooded with success stories from the members of this community. I want you to believe, trust, and do like you’ve never done before. Here’s to trusting that you will.
Happy New Year!