We are all faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. —Eleanor Roosevelt

My husband recently took a required national coaching test, and on that test he learned that the number one creator of confidence in kids is past performance.

This last week Abby and I were getting ready to head out to a wedding rehearsal, as she was going to be playing her violin in her first wedding! She was practicing and telling her Daddy how nervous she was. “You can do it, baby,” Paul told her. Then he explained the above scenario to her, which really encouraged her.

How many times has she performed in church, talent shows, or for dinner parties? She has had success, so experiencing what her Daddy explained to her, her confidence was already boosted.

I can’t help but relate this story to the reluctant entertainer. The one who really desires to start practicing hospitality, but something is holding them back.

I am encouraging YOU to reach out this month, to invite some guests over, and get one successful dinner party under your “apron.” (Dinner party as in – dinner around your table or a buffet dinner or even take-out or pizza!) JUST DO IT!

If you take your mind off of the details and the worries of “what if,” and realize that people don’t really care about perfection and that most are longing for connection, I guarantee you’ll be completely surprised by the outcome!

If you are reluctant, will you reach out?

If you are not reluctant, will you share a story that boosted your confidence?

If you want to read another thought-provoking post that I wrote earlier this year on “Squelching Fear” go here!

(Photos: Abby getting ready to play her violin and then eyeing her Daddy as he says, “You can do it!”)

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