Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the best place to start because it seems many people don’t believe the word expert applies to them.
But hear me out, because I think that’s a significant problem.
I come across far too many gifted practitioners, people with important ideas – ideas that could change people’s lives – yet they just don’t feel like experts.
At the same time, all too often I’ve seen people who have simply read a book, or gone to a workshop, (people who know far less than you do) and voila! Suddenly they’re an instant expert. I’ll bet you’ve seen them, too.
In fact, you might have even thought, “They barely know what they’re talking about. They don’t know nearly as much as I do.”
So what do these people have that you don’t? In a word . . .
. . . confidence.
Many of us have just finished a time of reflection, having lit candles for Hanukah and Advent, so maybe it would be good, once and for all, to deal with this issue of self-doubt.
You see, I believe this world needs your gifts. The world needs your expertise. Don’t hide your light “under a bushel.” Please bring it into the open so that other people can be blessed by it.
So let me ask you, what holds you back?
Could it be a lack of confidence?
When you take on bigger challenges in life, you inevitably have to deal with issues of self-doubt or lack of confidence and that can be kind of scary. Unfortunately, some of us haven’t done anything scary since the day we left home for college.
If you haven’t done something scary recently . . .
. . . is it possible you are playing too safe?
How you handle a lack of confidence becomes a critical part of your journey. My business coach Dan Sullivan, says that too many people wait to take action until they feel confident.
But there’s a problem with that.
According to Sullivan, you won’t feel confident until after taking action. Confidence comes as a result of achieving success.
Initially, taking action requires courage, not confidence. Courage is when you act even while being so scared you feel as though you might “pee in your pants.”
And you know, in many of the world’s best stories, we cheer on those heroes who initially thought they didn’t have what it took to step out and offer the world the gift that only they could give.
I’m thinking about people like Moses who, despite his stutter and initial reluctance, led his people out of slavery. And Rosa Parks, whose refusal to yield sparked attention and ignited nation-wide movement toward greater civil rights.
In each case, confidence came after taking action. Confidence follows courage. Those who are waiting until they feel confident enough to take action are likely never to get going.
As we head into a New Year, I’m wondering if you’re ready to take action and let your light shine. What is your area of expertise? And what challenges would you like to take on in the year ahead? Please leave a comment below.