We know when we don’t. Our outcomes turn out regretfully and we let ourselves and others down. For want of fortitude to follow a plan, or the diligence to stick to one, we experience regret rather than the lustre of confidence, purpose and meaning.
Believing in ourselves involves diligence, in preparation, coupled with situational courage to see the plan through.
Then, we experience the exhilaration—the God-blessed confidence—that we knew enough, and were bold enough, to succeed. And this confidence feeds the next effort, and so on, as confidence grows into experience.
Believing in ourselves is finally about the realisation of what we long hoped for, but perhaps in our heart of hearts didn’t fully believe we were capable of. Now that it’s transpired we are filled with joy.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.