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Confidence and Arrogance – What’s the Difference?

What is the meaning of arrogance?
An attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or presumptuous claims or assumptions.

What is the meaning of confidence?
Confidence means feeling sure of yourself and your abilities; a quiet inner knowledge that you’re capable.

Confidence is a word that is being thrown around a lot lately. In a recent search for the top self-help topics, Confidence emerged as the most searched word according to Google.

Why is confidence such a far fetch idea that people feel that it is too hard to attain?

I’m under the impression that some of the stigmas about confidence are that it is misunderstood as arrogance; showing off, ego-based. These two words and expressions have two opposite definitions.

Arrogance is someone that doesn’t possess the skills and mindset to complement their inner belief in themselves. A person not in alignment with their true inner purpose is conflicted with their inner guidance system and what they believe they should be doing to be accepted into this world and society’s opinion of them. This [arrogant] person then must create a fake personality to feel accepted and acknowledged.

The issue with this persona is that the inner and the outer are in contrast. Therefore, the person showing this character trait will seem like a charlatan, a fake, a made-up person, with no substance or character and will be distrusted by society. This person must then work even harder to get the acknowledgment they are seeking and become louder, and more obnoxious over time.

On the other hand, a confident person is aligned with their inner journey. They understand their strength and weakness and are always striving to be better human beings, for themselves first and for society after. Understanding that inner work must be done first before putting yourself out there to be of assistance to others is crucial to your inner peace of mind.

Many people may think that they are not confident while in reality they just don’t trust themselves and are overly concerned with what others’ opinions of them signify.
When you live your true Souls’ purpose, you will become your true authentic self. Therefore, what the world thinks of you will be none of your concern. You can only manage yourself. You cannot control the outside world, so why stress on that which you cannot change.

To be a confident person you must understand who you are. Not what others think of you and believe about you. Many people are misunderstood and then spend too much energy trying to justify themselves. When you know the true you, and you know your intentions are honorable, then you do not need to convince anyone else about your dreams, desires, and expectations. Your journey is yours and only to be shared with those that believe in and support you.

Find your tribe. Find the people who think like you and have the same purpose and goals as you do and you will feel right at home sharing your knowledge and wisdom in that safe space.

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