Sunday, February 5, 2012

Faith in Ourselves and Self Confidence

“One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves… When you live close to the gospel, the Lord is always there. I have proven it to be true that if I would do my homework, if I would study and be prepared, the Lord always ratified the direction I should take. The Lord has always been there to rely on.”

"I think that the greatest talent that the Lord has blessed me with is enthusiasm. I am hard to keep down. I will try to keep people charged up about their responsibilities, and duties and about their great potential . . . The Lord's business has to be the best in the world.”
– L. Tom Perry

This man, Elder Tom Perry, is coming to speak at the Hayden Lake Stake Conference this month! Yeah!!! You know, he reminds me of me when it comes to enthusiasm. I was told in a workshop once that enthusiasm is my greatest asset; I think it may be true... However, I'm still working on the whole faith in self thing! :o Darn!!!! I do think "confidence" may be my word this year for the next 11 months. Confidence encompasses MANY things, beginning with confidence or faith in Jesus Christ, and ending with self confidence, or faith in ones self. To do this, I believe I will have to START DOING the things that I have not done due to lack of self confidence. The only way to get over it is to get through it!

Here are a couple other quotes that I like:

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

 Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. ~Woody Allen

 To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955

Do you think self confidence and faith in ones self are the same? I think I'm using them iterchangeably when they are in fact different. I think faith has more to do with belief before proof, and confidence perhaps comes later as it implies a solid surity. Perhaps I should rethink the word I will focus on... How would you define or differentiate between the faith in self and self confidence?


  1. Not all strengths are created equal. If you're like me, there are times when a particular strength seems more like a liability than an asset.

    strengths finder 2.0

  2. Whew! What a view! I prefer to think of my strengths as an asset... :o LOL :D
    Thanks for commenting.

  3. you know - in my opinion, confidence is kind of two pronged - we need to be confident in ourselves and confident in the Lord. Paul is a great example of this.

    It's funny, because confidence and humility seem to be at odds with one another, but I think that confidence - in both our ability and our Heavenly Father's ability - is true faith. I know and agree with you that confidence isn't the same as faith. I think it is something a little bit more - it is trusting in God.

    Think of Nephi, I doubt he would have been so powerful if he wasn't confident, both in God's ability and his own. Many times, we may say that we think that God has the power to do something, but we don't. Confidence is understanding that if God thinks we can do it, then we can.

    Anyways...I'm not sure if this is what you are getting at, but I love thinking about the topic of confidence.

  4. Chocotania -

    "Confidence is understanding that if God thinks we can do it, then we can."

    I have come to the same conclusion.

    Confidence is a surety, but it has to be based on something that IS SURE - Jesus Christ.

    Thanks so much for your awesome comment! :D And welcome back any time!

    Corine :D


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