A few months back, while in a Fempreneur coaching group with the brilliant and lovely Cassandra Rae, I completed an exercise in regards to business development. It asked the following questions:

  • I believe in myself because…
  • I believe in my services because…
  • I believe in my business because…
  • I believe in my clients because…
  • I believe in my inevitable success because…

As I worked through each of these questions I was amazed by the ease with which the answers came and the conviction I held for each one.

Easy answers. Conviction. Lots of belief.

But not “belief” as it’s frequently understood or assumed.

If someone asks, “In what/whom do you believe, Ronna?” my instinctual or immediate response would not be the answers like those I naturally, easily gave above. Rather, I would move into esoteric, metaphysical, lofty categories; beliefs in something bigger, larger, outside myself.

Why?

Why, indeed?

And what if I changed the language from belief to faith? “In what/whom do you have faith, Ronna?”

  • I have faith in myself because…
  • I have faith in my services because…
  • I have faith in my business because…
  • I have faith in my clients because…
  • I have faith in my inevitable success because…

Is it possible that our learned emphasis on belief (and faith) as something intangible and above/beyond ourselves has limited our ability to have belief (and faith) in ourselves?

This feels problematic to me.

The answers I brainstormed that day filled me with inspiration, courage, and heart. They reminded me of a deep-in-my bones identity; a connection to what I’m passionate about, who I love to be in relationship with, why my success is sure. The answers filled me with faith. In me.

I feel stronger. More encouraged. Inspired. Isn’t that what faith should be about? Isn’t that would faith should bring about? Isn’t that would faith should inculcate and invite?

Maybe another conversation remains about whether or not faith in self and faith in something outside of self need be mutually exclusive. Not maybe. Probably.

But for today, at least, I want to sit in this space:

Faith as inspired, intentional, and unwavering belief in self.

 

I’m 100% certain that any God, Deity, or manifestation of the Divine is fine with this. I should be too.

Man cannot live without an enduring faith in something indestructible within him. ~ Franz Kafka