"I Don't Know What I'm Doing!"

"I Don't Know What I'm Doing"

This is a phrase we don't ever want to have to admit. When I think of the context of this phrase I think of, "Novice, untrustworthy, incapable ...failure." And so, in life, people go to extreme lengths to refute any trace of "I don't know what I'm doing" in order to be seen as "Competent, trustworthy, excellent, and successful."

The truth is that everybody is unsure about what they are doing to some degree, and that's ok! In fact that's what life is all about, trying to figure it out, or in simpler terms, just "trying".

Every extremely successful business mogel started off not knowing how to start a million dollar company, not knowing how to create a product that would appeal to consumers, not knowing how to gather support or investors for their idea. In short, they didn't know what they were doing. They were what the world would call failures because they didn't have all of the answers, didn't have all of the skills and didn't have all of the right plans.

What they all did have was a dream, the passion, the determination, and most importantly the ability to admit, "I don't know what I'm doing." That last trait is the most important because when you can admit that you don't know how to do something you open a big door in your life for someone else to show you how.  The problem with trying to cover up the fact that you don't know what you're doing, is that you actually succeed at looking like you have it all together, and therefore, nobody will ever try to extend a hand to give you the help that you really need.

It's a vulnerable thing! It is, because nobody wants to be judged, especially for being the things I listed earlier, (novice, untrustworthy, incapable, failure).  But the hidden truth is that you can never achieve great success in life without the help from other people. God put us all here on this earth, together with all kinds of different talents. Some with the ideas, some with the skills to implement them, some with the charisma to sell it, and some with the need for the product.

The truth is we need each other. And there are people ready, waiting, to help you get to your destination should you only admit that you need their help. To not know what you are doing shouldn't make you feel like a failure but should make you recognize the opportunity that lies ahead to ask and receive the help you need in order to achieve all of your dreams.

There is something very admirable about somebody who can admit they don't know what they are doing but is willing to learn. Doesn't God only ask that kind of attitude from all of us?

With that, I'll leave you with a little biblical advice you've probably heard a million times but hopefully it means a little bit more now,

"Ask and you shall receive."  Matthew 7:7

Shalom Remnant,