Want Confidence?

So what do you think?

Is it possible to grow in confidence?

To really change?

Many folks will tell you yes and share stories of how they are different today.

How did they do it? Well let me share with you one way.

Visualization.

Hm, that’s a big word but it’s easy to understand.

Begin to picture yourself as you’d like to be.

Yes, get a clear idea, for instance, of how you see yourself confident and full of courage.

Smile. That’s quite a picture isn’t it?

Years, many years ago, I ran for Student Council Treasurer in high school.

At the time I was very quiet and didn’t want any attention but I did want to serve my high school class.

I did want to be available to help others.

But to get the office

    I had to win a school election.

That involved giving a speech to the whole school.

Dear me, I remember even today my overwhelming fears as I practiced and practiced that speech.

But in addition to going over the words I also imagined myself winning.

Yes, as I prayed, I began to see myself hearing that I had won and taking my place with others I looked up to.

I saw myself giving that speech with heart and pouring myself into the delivery.

I saw myself even to the colors I dressed in that day.

Somehow that visualization worked in a powerful way.

Seeing myself as successful worked far better than seeing myself as a failure.

And yes, I won. But the real win was in discovering that when God calls you to do something

He Himself enables you to do it.

He is your Strength within.

Visualize yourself performing that very thing that causes you to be afraid.

Visualize yourself succeeding.

As you pray give it all to the One Who loves you.

Speak words of truth and confidence to yourself.

Trust Him and He will bring it to pass.

 

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

2 thoughts on “Want Confidence?

  1. Bonnie

    Sharon, I was very shy as a young child. I hated public speaking as an adulzst.
    Then I learned how God sometimes longs to hear “Yes—even a halting yes—instead of the usual “I can’t!”
    So a few months ago when I was asked to share at a church women’s event,I said yes.

    It’s still not enjoyable but I felt very blessed at leaping over that hurdle.

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    1. SharonBrani Post author

      That’s wonderful, Bonnie. I wish I could have been there. Yes, God loves to stretch us out of our narrow comforts and give us a glimpse of what He can do through us.
      Keep stretching. Keep growing. And most of all, let’s keep depending upon the Lord.

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