If you have ever felt unqualified, you are not alone. Everyone fights fears of inadequacy, insufficiency and incompetence. We all fear that we are not “enough” (whatever that means) in our own unique situations. The danger of giving into these feelings and believing them is that you will simply stop. Stop investing, stop motivating and ultimately stop completely.
Entrepreneurs and business leaders are often characterized by a grounding confidence that is necessary to pioneer new business. They are the driving force of vision, execution and growth. The number of roles and hats that have to be worn are ever increasing and will often test our entrepreneurial fortitude. The secret counterpart to these qualities is the (often quiet) voice of fear that “we might not be qualified to do this job.” It is a fear that can lead to panic which leads to an undermining of the whole endeavor if we allow it to. It is a voice that constantly explores the gap between where we and who we think we should be. Supernatural business is about meeting God in the gap, the gap between your present and your hopes. Faith is a key element of supernatural business and it is one of the best ways to counteract fear.
1. Fear of Lack of Credentials
There are times when we can look at our credentials and sometimes they don’t look very conventional. Our journey in our chosen industry can look very different to our counterparts. It is when we start to compare in this way that we can feel vulnerable or unqualified. Trusting God with the journey is part of Supernatural Business. Your unique experiences have brought you to this place and the journey is not over yet!
‘I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!”’
Psalm 32:8–9 (TPT)
2. Fear of No Authority
It can be easy to question your role as a leader, after all you know your weakness better than anyone else. Sometimes you think they are obvious to everyone around you. Even Moses the greatest leader of the Old testament suffered with insecurity in this area:
‘But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”
Exodus 4:1 NLT
Moses is feeling very insecure about something that hasn’t even happened yet. Insecurity is always rooted in fear. Remember the acronym for fear. False Evidence Appearing Real
3. Fear of Being Able to Sustain
We can fear that the source of our ideas, creativity or direction will dry up. When God is our source he is faithful to give us direction and protection:
And I will always guide you and satisfy you with good things. I will keep you strong and well. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring of water that never goes dry.
Isaiah 58:11 GNT
4. Fear of Feeling Not Enough
There have been many times when God has led me to solutions to problems, when He has corrected my thinking and perspective – I am thankful for that. But, I have also recognized that sometimes it’s the truth – I am just not enough. Realizing this has led me to something better than a solution or a fix – it has led me to grace.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV