"Of course you will be successful in whatever you do. We know that."
I'll never forget those words. I was sitting on one side of a massive mahogany desk on a colorless winter day, and my boss was on the other. I had just explained that I was quitting my job to start my own business.
"Ummm… do we know that?" I wanted to say.
I didn't share his confidence. I had no idea what I was doing, no clients, no budget, and we were in the middle of a devastating recession. I felt like I was jumping out of an airplane without a parachute, and he was yelling to me, over the roar of the propeller engine, "Of course you're going to be successful. Don't worry. It's fine."
Was he crazy? Was I?
After more than a decade of building businesses, I finally realize what he was saying that day. (And it's something I remind my clients in private Christian business coaching, too.)
My boss wasn't saying:
What he was saying was much more powerful. And now that I understand those words, I can say the same words to you with absolute, rock-solid confidence:
Of course you will be successful.
Because here's what he was really saying:
These are some of the most encouraging and empowering words we can hear. They liberate us to build, create, try, grow, launch, risk, and begin. When we do, our faith in God grows, our confidence in ourselves grows, our ability to be resilient and persevere grows. We become confident warriors, faithfully stewarding and fearlessly overcoming.
And in those moments when we're stuck in the in-between, uncertain if we can keep going and unconvinced that we have what it takes, God whispers over us:
So this week, I challenge you to ask yourself these three questions:
You've got this.
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