It used to surprise me to learn that so many women involved in ministry lacked confidence to succeed in doing what they felt God had put on their heart or called them to do. They continually questioned if they were kidding themselves about being the right person for the joband if God can really do what He says. Their insecurities aren’t unusual. It may seem to you that true leaders never doubt God or themselves but I believe ninety percent of us face these doubts at one time or another. And yet, to lead others confidently, you must have a healthy self image and faith that God can and will equip you to do what He has called you to do. This is what I like to call God confidence. You must trust your motives and your recommendations against God’s Word. But unless you believe in what you are saying others will not feel confident to follow you. The following questions and principles can help guide you through moments of self-doubt.
- What does the Word of God have to say?
- How is God working in this situation?
- In the situation where I feel doubt and a lack of confidence…am I being self-centered?
- What realistically is the worst thing that could happen in this situation?
- Who can I call for advice or counsel in this situation?
- Who are the friends who will love me regardless of whether I win or lose in this situation…and in life? (for healthy perspective)
- In what area do I have a feeling of expertise?
- Am I being moldable in the hand of God?
- What are my primary strengths, gifts and experience?
- What is my greatest strength?
- What strengths and gifts give me the greatest return?
- In what area of my life do I have the greatest interest in growing personally?
- Who can I learn from?
- What is my personal growth plan?
Knowing and asking the right questions will increase my leadership confidence.