Have you heard this term, “fierce faith” and then wondered what it actually means? I recently purchased and am now using Dannielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner for 2017 (which so far, I’m loving by the way). Each week she includes a phrase or uplifting antidote on the pages and “fierce faith” was on week one of the New Year. I’ve been thinking about this phrase all week as a result and… why it was included in week one of the New Year.
In my mind, there are three overall categories of faith. The first is your faith in God or whomever is your higher power, should you believe in one. My faith in God isn’t something I question or worry about. I have faith, it is solid, and that’s how I live my life. But it’s the other two categories of faith that I struggle with… faith in others and faith in myself.
Having faith in others, much less “fierce faith” in others, is difficult to discuss. You either decide to have faith in others, or you don’t and every individual and circumstance is going to determine if you do or don’t. Right now I am putting a whole lot of fierce faith into the training, experience, and knowledge we have put into our son along with his own good decision making skills as he a newly minted licensed driver. I have never known such fierce faith as he takes to the road traveling to school and practice each day!!!
But, this isn’t the type of fierce faith I wanted to visit about because of how varied faith can be when you have to put it in others.
The fierce faith I wanted to talk today is the fierce faith in YOURSELF.
That’s right, faith in ourselves! The internal kind of faith that can only come from within.
I talk a lot about having confidence and using your confidence to succeed in my book, “Winning at Work”, as I coach individuals, and in the presentations/interviews that I do. And after seeing “fierce faith” in my day planner this week and pondering over these words this past week, I’ve decided confidence and “fierce faith” go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Here’s what I mean… many of you have set up some New Year’s resolutions that might include trying to lose weight, getting a promotion at work, resolving to not let your boss get under your skin, having more patience with the people you work with, etc.
My question to you is… do you have faith that you will lose weight, faith that you will get that promotion you deserve, faith that you won’t let your boss get to you, faith that you will have more patience? My guess is you answered no to these questions, right? That’s okay, because I would too and that’s why I wanted to discuss this.
Why don’t you have fierce faith in yourself to achieve your New Year’s resolutions? You’ve never thought about it for one, have you?
Our brains think of our resolutions as action items, something we need to “do” and accomplish. Which is true, to a degree. The key is… to have faith in ourselves that we will “do” them or to build the faith it takes. This is a completely different way of thinking about this, isn’t it? And I’d take it one step further.
The key is to have fierce faith in ourselves to be who we want to be, the person we were meant to be, and the kind of person who achieves the goals we set out for ourselves.
Fierce faith comes from the core of our being. It isn’t something we “put on” like a tee shirt or earrings to display to others or help us get through the day. I’m not saying you should do away with the quick fixes, because I know I have a pair of boots that when I wear them I feel like I can tackle anything!
Having fierce faith is more powerful than a quick fix. It is also more powerful than willpower or the Nike slogan of “Just Do It”.
I want you to develop fierce faith in yourself that comes from within and then permeates into everything you do, everything you touch, and everything you say.
Think about and create fierce faith in the aspects of your life like: knowing you can nail your next interview, flawlessly taking on a big assignment at work, disciplining your teenager or toddler to raise a good kid, making good choices about the food you put in your body, dealing with that difficult and demanding boss of yours, challenging yourself to exercise and sweat, developing the kind of patience you want to have with others at work, saying “no” to things you don’t really want to do, standing up for yourself when its time, challenging the status quo, or whatever it is.
Quite possibly your fierce faith may take some building or steps.
It might be fierce faith to learn new skills, gain some new knowledge, or develop some new abilities you didn’t already have. You can’t just nail an interview on faith alone, you may need fierce faith to learn interview skills, practice with a trusted friend through several mock interviews, and prepare like you have never prepared for anything in your life. You can’t just start losing weight on faith. You may need to understand the basics of how calories work, how to prepare healthy meals, how to best exercise for maximum effectiveness, etc.
My daughter is terrified about driving (and she starts driver’s education this spring). She believes she will be a terrible driver and is more afraid than excited. On several occasions, I have told her she needs to have confidence and to quit talking bad about herself. This advice always went flat, but now I know why. She can’t see herself having confidence in driving because she doesn’t have the experience right now to get there. Her inability to snap her fingers and have confidence in driving is not surprising. Instead, what I should have said and will say in the future is to have faith in herself. She needs fierce faith in herself that she will one day be a great driver after taking driver’s education, learning all that she can, and getting lots of experience. Having fierce faith in herself is key, and is the solution to her fear of being a terrible driver.
As you are developing and taking steps toward achieving your goals, dreams, and desires, fierce faith is getting you there. Fierce faith is getting you to show up. Fierce faith is getting you through the difficult times. Fierce faith is getting you to the other side.
Fierce faith is what’s getting you to the start line, through the grind, and to the finish.
How about using your fierce faith as we now begin week two of the New Year and not just on our resolutions, but on all aspects of ourselves? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please comment below.