Confidence Virtue and Faith

May 13th, 2009 by Dustin

иконографияПравославни иконикухниI recently got an email from an internet marketing guru and the subject was something to the point of What is better, confidence or competence?

The article explained a disagreement he had with a friend. His friend said competence was better to while the author disagreed and gave several reasons why. I tend to agree with the author.

It really invoked a lot of pondering for me. I thought about job interviews in the past where I have been asked to rate myself in various areas. I always find interviews hard because I don’t like to toot my own horn so to speak – especially to strangers, but you pretty much have to do just that if you want any chance of getting a job.

Another instance I might give as an example is when a small business wanted to replace every computer in their office and have them all networked, they approached me and asked if I wanted to do it. At the time I could have really used the money. But ultimately due to my lack of confidence I turned the job down. I believe I was competent, but didn’t have the exact experience to prove it. I just didn’t want to mess up on such a large scale (relatively speaking). Of course experience breeds confidence. I have since built an networked a number of computers and I actually maintain that office network now and I have been asked to replace each of those computers again after 7 years. I recently upgraded their network and fix various computer problems for them. Now I’m totally confident in my abilities.

I guess the point of that story is that even though I lacked the experience, if I would have had confidence in myself that I could figure out any roadblocks I may have encountered, I’m quite positive I could have done the job and I would have gained the experience much sooner.

I’ve noticed a similar pattern in my life. I tend to have a habit of self-sabotage. I’ve started a number of web site projects that I hope will bring a measure of income. I have a bad habit of getting about 70% complete and then I start convincing myself that there is too much competition, or people will not want to pay for the service, or whatever it might be that the site will fail even before I get it off the ground and have the ability to even try to market it. I then move on to the next big idea I have and start the process all over again.

I don’t want to share any goals here because I recently read an article stating that when we share our goals, we are less likely to complete them. The article made sense to me. But all this pondering I feel has helped me achieve greater results recently and I hope the trend continues.

In the process of thinking about this, a scripture came to mind. In D&C 121:45 it says:

Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

That scripture leads to me believe that if we let virtue garnish [our] thoughts unceasingly we will grow in confidence.

The Lord has also said,

There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—

And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

So if we want a certain blessing, we just need to find the law associated with that blessing and strive to live that law. So I wonder, if we want the blessing of confidence, can we abide by the law of virtue? If so, we can bind the Lord and he will grant us that blessing.

I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

And what is confidence really? Is it any more than faith, or faith in one’s self. I’m starting to get the feeling that it is faith in the Lord that where ever we may have incompetence, he will make up the difference and that leads to the confidence that we truly can do anything that is right and worthy of the effort.

10 Responses to “Confidence Virtue and Faith”

  1. rjwalker Says:

    Dustin,

    Nice post. I have often linked those 3 scriptures from the D&C in this same train of thought. I usually add one more though… D&C 6:36. This is a cyclical thing for me because at times when I feel confidence it scares me that it might turn to pride and then i hurry and self sabotage to bring my self back down (before He does it for me). I know that if I was doing it right then I wouldn’t have to worry about pride… but I am human. :)

    Good job Dustin, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Pat Grady Says:

    “So if we want a certain blessing, we just need to find the law associated with that blessing and strive to live that law.”

    I like these words, they seem to have absolute truth in them, for me.

    Like you, I try to live my life, every day, with this exact kind of thing always in mind.

    I sincerely think it’s something for you and I to both think about regarding our relationship, given what has transpired between us.

    You’ve got my email, write me anytime Dustin.

  4. Jenny Says:

    What a thought provoking article. Thanks for sharing it. I have always believed that I need to have faith in my Savior. But I guess it is equally important to have faith in ourselves and the talents that God has given us.

  5. Garcia Says:

    Tremendous Post.
    @Jeeny- Your thought is correct about faith but to have faith in GOD gives us faith in ourselves and it builds our confidence and ultimately we are able to show our talent. SO faith is GOD is most important and other things generates from it.

  6. Julian Moore Says:

    Awesome post. Faith in God gives you confidence and makes us think better. Your unwanted thoughts will be warded off automatically. You will start thinking positively and an aura of patience and good company will encircle you.

  7. Scott Caroline Says:

    A very interesting piece. Whenever I come across a very difficult situation or when I am n some trouble, then I always pray to God and believe he will surely be there for me. Faith is a feeling which will make you stronger from within.

  8. kayla Says:

    Virtues are the essence of our character and character does indeed determine destiny. The more we recognize the potential impact that practicing virtues can have on our lives, the more our lives open up to new possibilities and to greater joy and fulfillment.Your unwanted thoughts will be warded off automatically.Whenever I come across a very difficult situation or when I am n some trouble, then I always pray to God and believe he will surely be there for me. Faith is a feeling which will make you stronger from within.

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