Competence: (n) the ability to do something successfully or efficiently.
Sometimes those two words do war.
I’m talking about “successful” and “efficient.”
They aren’t the same.
After all, many things in life appear successful, but they’re hardly efficient. The government immediately comes to mind.
And there are things that are extremely efficient–like the daily actions at your local ant hill–but will probably not make the nightly news as successful.
To achieve both–in other words, to have a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of relaxation while achieving your aspirations, demands that you stop listening to the world and cease to submit to your fears.
The world wants things difficult.
It is an atmosphere believing without tribulation there is no true progress.
Our fears want to convince us that we are incapable, ill-prepared or insufficient to achieve anything resembling our wishes.
When you take the pressure the world brings to complicate matters and add on your own fears, you have the formula for failure or the makings of stress and debilitation.
I want to be successful.
I want to be efficient.
I want to achieve my purposes.
But I don’t want to do it through strife and vanity.
It requires me to turn my back on what the world considers to be truth, and ignore what my insecurity contends is correct and find my own system, which is free of fretting, minus manipulation and taken away from terror.