Confidence is from within

There is a story I once read on the internet of a man that went to a park to sell balloons. The park was full of families with a lot...

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There is a story I once read on the internet of a man that went to a park to sell balloons. The park was full of families with a lot of kids. He thought of a strategy to sell his product and came up with a brilliant idea. He would release a balloon into the air, and once the children saw it, they would get money from their parents and run to the man and buy his balloons. He kept doing this and kept making sales. Then, one little boy walked up to him and asked him, “excuse me sir, would the balloon still rise up into the sky if its colour was black?” The man replied him saying, “it’s not the colour of the balloon that makes it rise to the sky, it’s the content of the balloon.”

This sounds like a kids story but it applies to every aspect of our lives. It holds a lot of lessons for us even as adults. Our true value is internal. How do we assess our values? How do we assess our worth? We run into a lot of problems when we assess our values based on our circumstances or based on our material or financial possessions and what we have achieved. Our measurements can never be accurate as long as we use these external factors to measure who we are. If we are going to have a healthy self-esteem or self-confidence, then we need to put the basis of our values where it should be. 

That we lack education should not erode our self-confidence. That we don’t wear clothes as good as our neighbours or we are the only family on our street that doesn’t have a car should never be a measure of our worth. To a large extent, other people’s opinion affects us and some of us actually call ourselves what people call us. Most of this opinions and names are an estimation of who we are.

The truest thing you will ever know about yourself is what Jehovah God has to say about you. So, to build our self-confidence in a way that will enable us maximise our potentials we have to realise that our physical state or our circumstances cannot erode our true value given to us by God. Our confidence should be intact at all times.

Confidence is faith, confidence is trust but most importantly, confidence is contagious. When you have confidence in yourself, it encourages other people to develop confidence in you. There are people who have ulterior motives but are able to defraud unsuspecting people because they are believable due to their self-confidence. It is possible to have the best of talents and gifts, yet not having opportunities to be successful just because we lack confidence. Others can never believe in us if we do not believe in ourselves. Therefore, other people’s response to you will largely be determined by how much confidence you exhibit. 

It is amazing how, most times, when we are asked to describe ourselves it is our weaknesses we put out first. This is human nature but we should learn how to be positive. We should focus more on our positive traits rather than the negatives. Yes, nobody is perfect but God never made a failure. We all have weaknesses, only God has none. The person you look at and wish you were them also has weaknesses. Do not wish you were living someone else’s life.

All you need to succeed has already been deposited in you by God. It is now our duty to place our values in our inner treasures and not our circumstances. 

Be blessed.



Truly Worded NG: Confidence is from within
Confidence is from within
Truly Worded NG
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