Our Lack Of Self-Confidence Comes From Trying To Be Someone We Are Not.

“Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. . . . Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.” ~ Sydney Smith, Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith …

According to Sydney, not following our talent is an utter travesty of our potential. And perhaps he is exactly right: if we are each created with a purpose, then we also each possess a unique duty to fulfill while we are alive. And if we ignore that duty–wasting our talents and our abilities–we more than fail ourselves… we fail the world.

Ask yourself with sincerity, “Who am I?” “Am I giving the utmost effort to be the best person I am capable of being, in all situations, no matter what?” In truth, if we possess genuine self-confidence, then we will find that whoever we are is perfectly enough; and whatever we are doing is exactly what we need to be doing.

Do not spend your life trying to be something you are not, for it is only when we use our talents to the best of our ability, that we reflect back to the world our authentic self–a self that encompasses all that we are called to do and all that we were created to be. The world needs you… and perhaps the greatest gift you can give to this world is to be yourself. Anything else that we can give has already been given.

Let your unique talents shine forth in the world.

Questions to consider:

Are you always true to who you are?

In what ways do you affect your own self-confidence? Are they good or bad?

How might you foster an environment that promotes being the best version of you?

For further thought:

“Self-confidence is so relaxing. There is no strain or stress when one is self-confident. Our lack of self-confidence comes from trying to be someone we aren’t.” ~ Anne Wilson Schaef


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