Dan Sanchez
Minneapolis, MN

Lover of God, husband, father to THE princess and a cowboy, designer, code slinger, and mobilization director at Bethany Global University where I work to mobilize missionaries to take the church to where it is not.

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Where does Confidence Come From?

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April 2, 2013

As part of my DIY Business School I took two weeks to go through 5 books on the subject of leadership confidence. After 5 books you better believe that ideas are brewing, but before I give my final answer I would like to ask you:

Where would you say confidence comes from?

It is easy to think of people in our lives that are confident or the qualities that demonstrate confidence, but where does it come from?

In asking you this I know I am committing a blogging sin: NEVER ask questions that take more than 3 seconds to think of an answer to. It decreases the odds that people will answer at all in our attention deficit world, but I know a few of you might, even if it is just Manny. (I love you pop!)

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    Benjamin Josiah Geist

    April 2, 2013

    I am confident that I’m not covering all of it but here are some important aspects I’ve noted.

    Purpose – Knowing why you do what you do.
    Being in the right – Whether actual or just perceived.
    Emotional support – Knowing that others agree with you.
    Support from power – Having support from someone who can and will help you as needed.

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      Daniel Sanchez

      April 3, 2013

      @facebook-691695014:disqus, great insights. I enjoyed your second point the most. Having the moral authority in a given situation certainly does elevate confidence. It’s probably why people are so outspoken about even the smallest injustices.

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    Briana Phillips

    April 3, 2013

    Confidence stands firmly on our understanding of who we are. Confidence is knowing your Identity. After that, who we are determines what we do.

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      Daniel Sanchez

      April 3, 2013

      @twitter-53841860:disqus I agree. Would you say the better you understand yourself the more confident you become?

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    Nathaniel Musson

    April 3, 2013

    Faith: “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
    fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21

    I feel like I’ve never heard of confidence quite like THAT. Abraham “didn’t waver” and was “fully convinced.” I think it was Blaise Pascal that said we are to “think God’s thoughts after him.” That is confidence to me. I have no confidence apart from the fact that I know he is who he says he and and knowing that he will do what he says he will do.

    In a natural sense social confidence grows through exposure and experience. The more you know that you don’t know very much, the more you are able to be confident in always learning. The most confident people are the most teachable–because they know enough to know that they don’t know enough–and then they are able to find the ways that are easiest to get to know the most the fastest. They don’t resist pain and change because they understand that those are the two elements that are necessary to take them to the next level of their growth.

    The thing that identified Jesus as unique to those that heard him was the fact that he “spoke with authority.” He had heaven-born confidence– because what he communicated to others was not on his own authority–but he passed on what the Father had given to him. So being under authority and understanding your assignment enables you to do what you know you are meant to do–not just what seems best at the time. Those are some initial thoughts.

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      Daniel Sanchez

      April 11, 2013

      I agree that confidence grows as you accelerate your learning.

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    Manny Sanchez

    April 10, 2013

    Confidence comes from knowing I am doing the best I can with the opportunity at hand. As a Christian, I seek what the Lord has for me knowing I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion in the day of Christ Jesus. That has been my signature verse for over 30 years. If I fail, I will have another opportunity to complete God’s will for my life…

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      Daniel Sanchez

      April 11, 2013

      Thanks pop! I know you would come through for me.

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    Dan Black

    May 21, 2013

    Great question. I personally think confidence comes from several places. Primary being from inward then our environment and association. I understand that’s a broad answer with specific from each area:)

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