Earlier today I was part of a women’s conference on confidence. Something the keynote speaker said stuck out to me. She said, “confidence is not about a person, it’s about a purpose.” So often we allow fear to keep us from pursuing our goals and dreams because we’re focused on ourselves or on what others may say or think instead of focusing on the purpose.
God gives each of us gifts, talents, and skills, not just to lift ourselves, but to be a blessing to others. That is the purpose. When we allow fear or intimidation or lack of confidence to hold us back, we’ve lost sight of the purpose. The purpose of your vision, that business you’ve always wanted to start, or that dream you can’t shake is ultimately to bring joy to someone else’s life. It’s to encourage or inspire them in some way, It’s to impact their lives for the better.
So when we focus on ourselves, our doubts, our fears, our insecurities, we lose sight of the reason God gave us our unique skill or talent in the first place–to be a blessing to others. We’re not supposed to keep those gifts for ourselves. We’ve been called to give those gifts away. So whatever it is you’ve been holding back, remember the purpose and that will give you the confidence to achieve anything.