Here’s the thing with “confidence”…it’s like trying to find a job. We need to have experience in order to find a job; yet without a job how do you gain experience? We want to be confident in moving forward or trying something new and yet without knowing what’s going to happen or how it’s going to turn out, how can we be confident about it?
Let’s tackle this conundrum from a different perspective. What we really need is confidence in knowing we can handle whatever happens…for better or for worse. Heck we’ve handled everything we’ve done so far and we’re still here, right?
Our confidence comes with remembering and celebrating our past and present accomplishments regardless of how trivial. It also comes with remembering and celebrating our comebacks after our setbacks.
This mandala asks us examine everything we’ve done in our lives thus far. Take note of that which we already have confidence in doing…including the little things: talking, tying shoelaces, brushing our teeth, using utensils, driving a car, walking, writing, addition, reading, etc. Remember that at some point in time we had to learn how to do these things without knowing we’d could. We trusted that part of us that was willing to try, willing to do what it takes to make it happen. Even if we changed our minds about it in the end, at least we tried and learned something about ourselves in the process. While confidence grows with each success, just as importantly, it comes from being able to dust ourselves off after a fall.
This mandala shows us expanding outward, building on the branches of previous expansions, all rooted in the soil of previous experiences…thus giving us more confidence to grow even further.
The question is: do we want to stay as one little leaf on a sprout or do we want to expand and grow to our full potential?
Ponder this as we color the January 2014 Mandala of the Month.
The Mandala lady
Be sure to download Section 1 of the 2014 Mandala of the Year.