December 4, 2011
Let us start the week right by reflecting on a wonderful topic: self-confidence.
First, let us watch this wonderful video by the Brahma Kumaris, with Raj Yoga teacher BK Denise Lawrence:
When we talk about self-confidence what usually comes to mind is an arrogant individual who thinks highly of himself; a greedy social climber wanting to get to the top of the corporate ladder without putting any consideration on the people that he/she would step on; or an opportunistic individual who believes that he deserves everything that is good and the rest of the world can lick on his spoils.
But why do we need self-confidence?
Because most of our problems is due to our lack of trust in ourselves.
We rant because we think people don’t trust us, or is it us who don’t trust ourselves? Every time we are given a task, we sulk and come up with a barrage of reasons why we can’t do it, or can we?
Self-confidence is different from self-esteem or self-respect in that what is really needed for self-confidence is the belief that we can do whatever it is that we are tasked to do.
Self-esteem and self-respect, on the other hand, is about knowing our true selves and giving regard to ourselves based on this knowledge.
A person with self-confidence vibrates such a positive spirit that it inspires people around him to be positive. However, self-confidence must be anchored on the knowledge of one’s abilities, otherwise, it would be arrogance. It should also give consideration on the contribution of others, lest it becomes pride.