Today, I was reading the chapter Being You is Amazing in my granddaughter’s new book and was once again impressed with the wisdom she has for a 14-year-old. Her first book is a book for teen girls. Even though she is my granddaughter, I have to say it’s a really good book! More importantly, she understands some things that most people don’t get or even realize or grasp in their adulthood.
Here is an Excerpt from her book…
“Confidence is not proving to others how awesome you are. It is more about how you feel about yourself. And just because you have confidence doesn’t mean you’re not going to feel bad about yourself once in a while, and that is completely normal.
But, being confident does not necessarily mean you need to be conceited. Being conceited means being vain and full of yourself. If you are conceited, that means you probably talk about yourself all the time. On the other hand, being confident is knowing that you are amazing, but keeping it in your head.
Being yourself means you are happy with who you are. You feel really good about the person you chose to become… You don’t have to dress like the popular girl in school to prove how awesome you are. She might be popular for her looks and how she dresses but 99.9% of the time she has a horrible personality… It is more about how you feel about yourself. Being you is one of the best ways to build confidence and, girl, you know you are gorgeous. So, be confident without being conceited.”
I like that. Confidence without being conceited. One thing I know for sure, a confident person doesn’t have to announce that they have arrived. In fact, conceit is a real turn-off. Someone who is truly comfortable in their skin, well that person is a pleasure to be around.
In the world we are living in today, it is becoming harder and harder to find people who are genuine, authentic, and comfortable in their skin and walk in confidence, but not conceit. Mackenzie has it right. There is a difference. The best thing you and I can do is to stop comparing ourselves with others. Be happy with how God made you and love yourself because you are beautiful!
Check out Mackenzie Sutton’s book, “Love Yourself You’re Beautiful on Amazon”.