I’m going to be very real with you. Possibly to my own detriment, but I’ll take the risk. Why would I do that? Most likely because somebody reading this really needs to see these words.
For the past year (maybe more) I have battled with confusion, chaos and overwhelm in the direction of my business. I have felt lost with who I am supposed to reach and target. I’ve chased distractions and shiny objects that seem to have led me off the path I was supposed to be on.
It seemed innocent and harmless at first. The things I went after appeared to be good things. Things that excited me and engaged me. The problem was, that after a while, I would get bored- and find something else that seemed to excite me.
I feel like I have the attention span of 1 year old….and even that seems generous. I was clinically diagnosed with ADD as a child in early elementary school.
I am a coach that coaches people through chaos and confusion to find clarity- yet, I battle the same giant. How credible is that? It’s like the blind leading the blind, I think to myself.
But those thoughts are lies. They are the lies of insecurity. These voices are what some other entrepreneurs or successful leaders call the imposter syndrome.
What do you do to get past the insecurity that you’re not good enough, credible, or talented enough to get paid for what you are called to do?
Here are 4 ways to get past your insecurities:
- Call it out! When you find yourself believing that you are a fraud, liar, fake, etc. because of reason(s) x, y, z then you need to call it out. Call yourself out for believing lies or for thinking small.
- Remind Yourself: After you call out the lie, you need to remind yourself of the truth. Even if the truth doesn’t feel real or true- it’s still the truth. Feelings and circumstances don’t dictate what the truth is. The truth is- You are enough and you have enough. Scripture tells us in Col 2:10 that “..you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” That’s comforting.
- Walk it out: After you have called out the lie, reminded yourself of the truth, now it’s time to walk it out. To solidify your faith in the truth, regardless of how you feel and what is going on around you; you need to walk it out. If you dream of becoming a well known international speaker one day but currently tremble speaking to even one person- start talking to two people. Put yourself in situations that get you closer to your dream. It takes a step of faith to push through fear and insecurity. In order to starve the doubts you have to take action and walk it out.
- Don’t do it alone: There are moments when the giant or battle is bigger than what we can handle on our own. Yes, God is with us and for us. But sometimes we need other people to walk beside us. Jesus didn’t even try to complete His ministry alone. He had 12 disciples that helped him. If Jesus Himself modeled that while He deeply depended on His Heavenly Father, that He still need other people with him, than we ought to be doing the same thing.
To sum things up, insecurity is something we all battle with. None of us are perfect. Pastors, leaders, mentors, etc. are all human beings. We all fail and fall short. We all hurt people and have weaknesses. And the beauty of God, is that He still chooses to use us with our defects, shortcomings and weaknesses. He is glorified through it. And so are we.
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