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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Do You Have What it Takes?

  Are you a confident person? What do you base your confidence on? Maybe you have experienced success in life. Maybe you have always had positive people around you who spoke encouraging words into your life. But have you ever stopped to evaluate the foundation of your confidence?
  Confidence should be built from competence. Competence is the ability to do something successfully or efficiently. The key ingredient of competence is learning. It’s through learning that we are developed to accomplish the task within our field. 2 Peter 1:10 tells us to “make every effort to confirm your calling and election…”
  Competent people are willing to sacrifice time to be trained. They’re willing to be silent so they can take in wisdom and knowledge. Competent people are driven by a desire to work at a task until they master the ability. Giving up and just trying are phases you will not find in their vocabulary. They hold tightly like a hidden treasure the words of Proverbs 3:21, “My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight…”
  An individual must understand that competence leads to confidence, but it’s never vice versa. Success doesn’t build confidence. Successful people tend to be more confident, but only because they are usually more aware of their competence. Competence is the foundation that confidence is built on. Confidence is the structure that holds the beauty of success. But success will never last if the structure of confidence is weak from a shacky foundation of competence.
  Competent people tend to come across as confident. In 2 Timothy 2:15 Paul instructs us to do our very best to present ourselves, not before people but God, as someone who has learned their calling from going through training, and has developed the necessary skills to achieve success in God. Individuals who lack confidence tend to be aware of their incompetence. They now have a choice to make. They can stay where they are, or they can develop the skills they need to be competent in their field.
  Most confident people are not as competent as they think, and most competent people are confident only as a result of being competent, which they did not achieve by being confident. Competence will be the foundation for your confidence, and confidence in your ability will lead to your success.