Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
― Steve Jobs
I am Impressed with Myself.
With fierce abandon, I watched a remarkable little five-year old plunge feet first into my backyard pool.
“She’s only learned how to do that this past week,” said her beaming father.
As she bounced back up, splashing and smiling, she hopped out of the pool, ready for yet another plunge.
“Wow! What do you think about that?” her mom asked.
“I’m pretty impressed with myself,” she stated with great enthusiasm.
Now I was the one saying, “Wow.”
How does a little girl have that kind of confidence, I thought.
About 12 plunges later, her mom asked her if she might need to rest.
“Ok,” she said, and off she went to bathe in the sun.
The Link between Resilience and Self-Worth/Self-Esteem
I’ve been preparing, researching and thinking a whole lot about the principle of resilience lately.
Right in the middle of my long, hard valley, I sincerely heard a God-whispered-word, “resilience.” I had been questioning God about some things and so that word made complete sense to me. Prior to hearing it, I couldn’t quite put my finger on “what I was supposed to be learning” through all the pressing, difficult circumstances. Once I heard it, the “a-ha” came.
I’ve found some very interesting thoughts about this powerful word, one being that it is closely tied to self-worth. People with a high self-worth are actually more resilient. Those with lower self-worth fight a two-edged sword. Tough times deflate their already flat belief system. I must deserve this. Of course this would happen to me. If only I was like so and so….
Say No to Negativity
It was no coincidence that little Esther Williams (smile) father (and family) were there to help me prepare for my upcoming webinar, “Be Remarkable: Three Proven Secrets to Becoming the Woman God Created You to Be.” Right in front of my eyes, I watched a little girl actualizing her potential and capacity. Facing her fears and taking the leap! Just a week earlier, she couldn’t have imagined the joy awaiting her!
And, I watched her celebrate her success. She didn’t blink an eye when her mom asked what she thought about her new-found plunging activity.
“I’m impressed with myself,” she said.
Obviously, mom and dad have done a great job at nurturing and fostering within her a deep sense of self-worth and confidence. She wasn’t boasting. She was celebrating.
There is a big difference.
Let’s learn a life lesson from this sweet child.
What if we face our fears, take the leap, and see what remarkable joy God has waiting for us?
What if we celebrate our “plunging” successes, both individually and corporately, instead of clinging to fear, toes on the edges of the pool?
Reserve your spot right now.
Please join me and a community of women on Tuesday, July 7th, 1-2pm, EST, as we face our fears, take the leap and plunge into the depths of God’s love for us. When we do, we will become everything God created us to be, both individually and corporately. Just imagine the possibilities!