In the Bible (I swear this isn’t a religious post, just bear with me), God declares to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” and “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you'” (Exodus 3:14).
Growing up, I had a Sunday School teacher that said if God is the “I AM” then we should consider replacing the words “I am” in our vocabulary with “God is”. So if we found ourselves saying, “I am awesome” or “I am not good enough” we should instead say (to ourselves at least) “God is awesome” or “God is not good enough”.
The point was (and is) to actively reconsider how we talk about ourselves, how we think about ourselves. My former Sunday School teacher wanted us to think about ourselves in terms of Godliness. But regardless of your religious propensity, we can all recognize that there is a difference between describing ourselves in good, positive terms and describing ourselves in negative, pessimistic terms.
The words we use in our own heads, our own hearts, frame the story of our lives. They dictate what we believe ourselves capable of accomplishing. And that has a tangible impact on what we actually do accomplish.
This is, I believe, the power of Confidence in action. The more positive the story we tell about ourselves, the more Confidence contributes to Spiritual Energy and Motivation. The more negative the story we tell about ourselves, the less Confidence contributes to Spiritual Energy and Motivation – sometimes to the point of actively draining what energy we have!
Fortunately, though, this story can be changed. Today. Right now. This very moment.
We can change the story of our lives to be one of opportunity and success. Perhaps not immediately, but little by little.
Watch the words you use to describe yourself. Intentionally choose better ones. Rewrite your story.
See you at the finish line!
-The Jack of Spades