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FAUX CONFIDENCE

Faux Confidence

‘The River does not constantly scream about its power and ability, it simply flows by silently and calmly, knowing what it’s capable of. We should be more like the River…’

                                                                                                –Friedrich Nietzsche

                                                                                                (Emphasis Mine)

 

Confidence… What is Confidence? How do we project the fact that we possess Confidence? Is Confidence something we learn to project or is it something we simply project naturally? Does Confidence have anything to do with the things outside of us or our acquired intelligence? Are Confident individuals the ones who ‘scream’ about their Confidence, seeming as if they have no insecurities? Or, are Confident individuals the ones who have the courage to admit their insecurities and fears but still stand Confident in the face of them? Is Confidence the material things we purchase for ourselves? Confidence… What is Confidence?

In today’s society, I feel that most forms of Confidence projected by individuals is ‘Faux Confidence,’ Confidence which has nothing to do with who the individual truly is within but that type of Confidence that is a façade or a show performed for those outside of them to make it seem as if they are Confident. Most times I’ve noticed that ‘Faux Confidence’ is projected through BIG talk, material things, name calling, trying to ‘One Up’ everyone else and always having to have the last Word or the need to be right. Those individuals projecting ‘Faux Confidence’ over compensate for the Confidence that they really do not possess by performing an act while interfacing with the public, friends or family to cover up their real insecure self.

Individuals in possession of ‘Faux Confidence’ are usually oblivious to the fact that they possess this type of confidence. They go throughout their lives, day to day, performing for those outside of them and then withdrawing when they are alone, possibly facing their fears and insecurities but simultaneously denying the fact that they are not as Confident as they project to others. In their OBLIVION, they have no idea that the Confidence that they project to others contradicts most, if not ALL of the things that they say. These individuals will speak of their strength, security, Courage, FAITH and Heart but in the same breath they’ll speak of how much they worry, what they can’t do, how they can’t vision a bright future, how their relationships don’t work and ‘When will things get better?’ (If you listen closely you can hear it. Shhh…)

That is not Confidence! That is ‘Faux Confidence!’ I feel that true Confidence does not have to be spoken. It does not have to be heard. It does not feel as if it has to be projected for all to see. True Confidence is projected NATURALLY, with no assistance from the individual possessing it. Those with True Confidence, not only talk the talk, they walk the walk. It is shown in whatever they do. Those with True Confidence are not afraid to allow the real individual that they are within to shine through. They allow their insecurities to be known, they face their Fears instead of running from them, they know their worth without things outside of them being added to the equation and they not only have FAITH, they have and ‘practice’ Active FAITH. All of the above takes True Courage, Heart and Bravery and all these equal True Confidence.

Confidence is not just who you are or what you are with and around others. It’s who and what you are when you are alone. Confidence allows you to be the same at all times, whether you are alone, in the company of friends, family or strangers. Confidence does not LIE about who you are, it allows you to be TRUE to You in all scenarios and provides you the ability to never have to put on a façade or wear a mask. You have the ability to show up NAKED and be Confident in your NAKEDNESS when you possess True Confidence.

My Friend…Think about it?

Do you possess ‘Faux Confidence’ or are you akin to the River?

-PM Bishop

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Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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The Boy…

I am making sure that the Boy I used to be is Happy with the Man I am and the Man that I am becoming…I am learning so much from My ‘INNERCHILD.’

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

FAITH IS…

FAITH IS…

‘Your FAITH is what you believe, not what you know.’

                                                -John Spaulding

 

FAITH IS…Expecting something from nothing. FAITH IS…Expecting those things that are not yet in the Natural. FAITH IS…Believing in something that seems ‘unbelievable.’ FAITH IS…Giving ALL to GOD and allowing HIM to take care of you, with no assistance from you. FAITH IS…Being ignorant to the impossible. FAITH IS…Stepping out to do the impossible and knowing that it is possible. FAITH IS…Praying to GOD and leaving your request with HIM ‘knowing’ that HE will answer in due time. FAITH IS…Confidence in yourself and what you are setting out to accomplish. FAITH IS…No worry about tomorrow. FAITH IS…Not just waiting but ‘Waiting Actively’ with patience, doing what you can do and knowing that GOD is and will DO the rest. FAITH IS…Quieting the voices of pessimists and listening to your Heart’s leading. FAITH IS…Knowing that you are enough just as you are and right where you are. FAITH IS…Always needed and should always be practiced. FAITH IS…What Heroes are made of. FAITH IS

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Exactly what you see after the 3 little dots…

 

My Friend, exercise your FAITH every day.

 

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Never Allow Your DREAMS To Die For A Reality…

Never Allow Your DREAMS To Die For A Reality…

‘I’m a big fan of Dreams. Unfortunately, Dreams are the first casualty in life–people seem to give them up quicker than anything for a REALITY.’   -Kevin Costner

Allowing our Dreams to die to, as they say, ‘Face reality,’ is a settling for less than we are and a giving up on what we want to become, on what we could become. No matter whom we are or where we are, we ALL have Dreams or have had Dreams of becoming or doing something Great in our lives. We have ALL had or continue to have our Hearts whisper or either scream to us from within, telling us to listen to it and follow its lead to reach our ULTIMATE happiness. Our destiny that GOD has planned for us but we, as humans, give up on our Dreams and settle for a reality that’s beneath us or not a part of our ‘greater-good.’ We tell ourselves that our Dreams are so slow to come to fruition that they must not be meant for us to achieve and we give up on them, throwing in the towel, instead of holding on to our patience and persevering until our Dreams comes to pass. We give in to our ‘so-called’ reality and go about our lives day to day simply existing, stagnant, unhappy and unfulfilled because we have allowed our Dreams, our Hearts, the voice of GOD within us to die or to be taken up by someone else. We have to remember that GOD said in HIS word that, ‘A Man that faints along his road to a goal set before him is not fit for Heaven.’ GOD needs those of us who will listen and take heed to our Hearts, HIS voice within us and persevere, endure, have patience and Active Faith, stepping out there and doing ALL that we can to allow our Dreams to live and see them through to fruition. That is the reason HE provided us the Dreams to start with, to see them be the same outside of us in the Natural just the way we see them on the inside of us in our Hearts.

My Friend, your Dreams are a preview to your Greatness. All Men who have achieved Great things have been dreamers. BIG DREAMERS! And, I feel that those who do most, Dream most. Those that do not allow themselves to Dream, or that allow their Dreams to die may accomplish some things but not the truly BIG and Amazing things. Not the things placed in them by GOD.  Those things are achieved by the Dreamers of Dreams. Those that allow themselves to Dream and follow their Dreams through to fruition are the ones that have VISION. They are the ones who can see the INVISIBLE and have the patience, endurance, perseverance and ACTIVE FAITH to do the IMPOSSIBLE. These are the ones that ‘Change the World!’

I, Myself, am a DREAMER. A BIG DREAMER! And, I pray daily for the strength, the Courage and the Heart to never allow My Dreams to die. I have Dreams of being the COMPOSER and not just a part of the orchestra or the audience. I have Dreams of being the AUTHOR and not just the reader. I have Dreams of being the CHOREOGRAPHER and not just a backup Dancer. I have Dreams of being the VOICE OF CHANGE and not just a voice in the crowd of voices. I have Dreams of being in a GREAT MARRIAGE with a GREAT WOMAN and not just in a marriage and going through the motions. I have Dreams of being a GREAT MAN doing GREAT THINGS and not just a Man among Men. I have Dreams of being a LEADER and SERVANT to the people and not just a follower. I have Dreams of being a CHANGE AGENT and not one that simply speaks of a change. I am a DREAMER of DREAMS and I will continue to be because I know that, where My Dreams are, that is where GOD is. I will never allow them to die. I will see them through to fruition because GOD makes it more evident to Me every day, that My DREAMS are coming true.

No matter what your Dreams are, My Friend, I hope that you will allow your Dreams to live, give them life continually, never allow them to die. No matter how long their coming to fruition seems to take, keep praying, keep the FAITH, have Courage, patience, endurance and persevere until your DREAMS are the TRUTH.

I Will…

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Release of 1st Book/Collection of Poetry…

I am happy and excited to announce the publishing and the release of My 1st book/collection of Poetry and Quotes, ‘Tilting at Windmills(Poems and Quotes from the Mind of a Dummy)’ available at www.unibook.com. Only available in hardcover. I hope that you will visit the site and pick up a copy for yourself. I am sure that it will enlighten your mind, touch your Heart and bring you enjoyment. Thank you in advance for your support. I appreciate it from the bottom of My Heart.

*Visit www.unibook.com, enter My name, Patrick Miguel Bishop, in the search bar and My book/collection will come up for your purchase.

Thank you,

PM Bishop 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Who Am I…?

‘Who Am I…To hold to a Drop of Water when there is an entire Ocean for Me to swim in? Who Am I…To hold up the Wall when the Music is beckoning Me to the Dance Floor to Dance? Who Am I…To want to only reach the Corner when I can reach the entire World? Who Am I…To feel that I Am not enough when I am More than ENOUGH? Who Am I…To not utilize the Gifts given to Me by GOD to accomplish the Dreams in My Heart and the things that I am Passionate about when they are Screaming for Me to release them? Who Am I…Not to give My LOVE and keep My Heart open when LOVE is what it’s ALL about? Who Am I…?’

Ask yourself, My Friend…’Who Are You, to not be your Beautiful Self…Who GOD created You to Be?’

I Hope and Pray that You…’Will Be!’

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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