Warning: Pride Can Lead to Happiness
Although at times the word pride leads me to think about the seven deadly sins, it also brings me to think of qualities such as confidence, ability, and success. To me these three words capture the essence of having pride in oneself, respectfully of course. There were a few dictionary definitions that I found, but there was one in particular I really related to. Dictionary.com says, “A becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one’s position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.” As much as I like this definition, it is a bit too vague. So let’s dig a bit deeper.
First off, confidence is not cockiness, but it can often be confused. Unfortunately though there are a lot of cocky people in this world. Confidence on the other hand is something anybody should be proud of obtaining. Loving the skin you are in is such a special thing, and can also be so difficult to do. Confidence is being happy with the way you look, the way you act, and who you truly are. Just the way someone walks into a room can say a lot about a person.
Knowing and believing that you have the capability to do something is very important. I feel we owe that to ourselves. If we didn’t believe we could do something, we wouldn’t try doing it at all. This also applies to talents and skills. Having these abilities are what makes us who we are and brings us pride that we are the way we are. Discovering what we enjoy doing is an accomplishment on its own.
When we achieve something, even if it is small, we get a certain feeling. Come on, you know that feeling. It is a feeling that is so strong and fulfilling, a feeling that motivates you to keep doing what you’re doing; to keep advancing and improving. People feed off of our energy and sometimes we don’t realize how much is seen non-verbally and through our efforts. When you’re happy, passionate, and proud of your work, there is a better chance of success.
As much as confidence, ability, and success are separate terms, I feel they all at one point intertwine with each other. With confidence we have the ability to succeed. They are like three puzzle pieces that when connected form pride.