We all need to feel like we bring a certain set of skills and competence to whatever it is that we do. While we don't necessarily need to be the most talented person in our industry, there's no denying that we need to feel competent in order to foster a positive and healthy sense of self. Nowhere is competence more critical than in the work that we do. Think about it: from eight to five-and sometimes a lot longer-we're engaged in our careers. If we don't feel like we're bringing some level of competence to our jobs, we're faced with a sense of failure and inadequacy...and those feelings directly translate into microscopic sense of self-worth.
If you ever feel as though you're not competent enough for your job-or in your relationship, or just in your day-to-day life-remember this: you are someone worth knowing. You are worthy of every blessing and opportunity that life has for you. You are capable of achieving so much; in fact, I honestly believe that if we knew how much we were capable of achieving, we would never settle for anything less than the best.
If you find yourself settling for something in your life (be it a job or a relationship), ask yourself why you're giving up on yourself. Does its stem from a sense of fear? Are you afraid to be more competent because you are afraid of rejection? Were you told as a child that you would never be good enough? Did someone influence you to think that no matter how hard you tried, you'd never make a difference in your field or industry?
It's time to stop wrestling with the fear, self-doubt and rejection that keeps you from achieving everything you deserve in life. You are more than competent enough to accomplish all that you want. However, if you want to learn a new set of skills to improve your competency in your job, then take up classes, attend workshops, read books, or seek out the guidance of someone who's been in your shoes before.
On a more personal note, whenever I feel inadequate or incompetent in any facet of my life, I turn to a single quote that always helps me to get out of my own head and focus on the Big Picture: "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13). This Bible verse reminds me that no matter what mistakes I make, or knowledge I lack, I can achieve anything that I put my mind to.
The only limitations in my path are those I place on myself. No matter what inspires you or strengthens you, use it as a reminder that you are more than adequate; you are a vibrant and worthy person who is brimming with energy and potential.