Confidence, week 1

During our lessons this week, we will talk about the basic meaning of Confidence, and how this relates to our earlier discussion of Commitment.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller (teacher and author)

The word “confidence” means the feeling or belief that we can rely on someone or something — that we have firm trust in them.  This is related to the idea of “commitment” that we talked about together a few weeks ago.  When we know that someone will keep their commitments, we have confidence in them.  We can trust that when they say they will do something, they will do it.  In the same way, when we keep our own commitments — our promises — other people learn  to have confidence in us.  Just as importantly, we develop confidence in ourselves by keeping our commitments — we know the promises we make are important, and we treat them that way.  We believe more strongly in ourselves.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  Who is someone you trust — that you have confidence in?
  2.  Is this someone who keeps their promises?
  3.  Are you confident that when you make a promise, you will keep it?

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