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Lessons from Naomi on Imposter Syndrome and How to Overcome It

Lessons from Naomi on Imposter Syndrome and How to Overcome It

Last Sunday, we discussed what Naomi can teach us about:

  • Fear of failure
  • How to overcome it

In that devotional, I particularly focused on Ruth 1:20-21 which says:

But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi [meaning "pleasant"] call me Mara [meaning "bitter"] for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”

 

On inspecting that scripture further, I realised that it didn't just:

  1. Speak of Naomi's mindset
  2. Give insight about the fear of failure and how it works, as I said last week

But it also gives us some insight into imposter syndrome- all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.

Here's a little bit of what you can expect in terms of:

TOPICS DISCUSSED

  • What imposter syndrome is and why it seems to affect women more than men
  • How imposter syndrome causes us to act like Naomi in "changing our names"
  • 3 practical; actionable tips for overcoming imposter syndrome today
  • And much more!

SOUND GOOD, LOVELY?

Great! Do whatever it is that you need to do to get comfortable so you can watch and enjoy the video below.

Lessons from Naomi on How to Overcome Fear of Failure

Lessons from Naomi on How to Overcome Fear of Failure

Naomi, like Orpah, is first mentioned in the first chapter of the Book of Ruth. She was Orpah and Ruth's mother-in-law before her 2 sons (who were their husbands) died. What killed them was a famine that swept Moab and had also been responsible for Naomi's husband's death prior to this point.

The irony and saddest part about this situation is that Naomi and her husband had originally moved to Moab from Bethlehem years earlier to escape a famine that had swept that land. As such, by the time we meet her in Ruth 1, Naomi is grief-stricken and ready to return back to Bethlehem (especially because she had heard that the famine there was over).

Apart from being struck by the many lessons that can be gleaned from Orpah within this chapter about:

I also have new insights from Naomi about the fear of failure and how to overcome it.

Lessons from Orpah on How to Overcome Fear of Success

Lessons from Orpah on How to Overcome Fear of Success

Last Sunday, I wrote about the lessons that we can learn from Orpah about success (and what NOT to do)! (This will be summarised briefly in today's post but, just in case you prefer to read the whole thing in detail, you can do that here).

However, even after writing this post, I got more insight into other things that Orpah can teach us about success- all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.

Here's a little bit of what you can expect in terms of:

topics discussed

  • A recap of what Orpah teaches us about success and what NOT to do
  • Lessons from Orpah on why success can be perceived as scary, leading to the fear of success
  • 3 ways to reframe your mindset about success
  • 3 simple questions that will help you overcome your fear of success
  • And much more!

Sound good, lovely?

Great! Do whatever it is that you need to do to get comfortable so you can watch and enjoy the video below.

Lessons from Orpah on Success (And what NOT to do!)

Lessons from Orpah on Success (And what NOT to do!)

To a certain degree, Orpah reminds me of Vashti. Like Vashti, Orpah appears in a book of the Bible that chronicles one of our most celebrated matriarchs of the faith's life (Vashti is mentioned in the book of Esther, whereas Orpah is mentioned in Ruth). Yet, neither of these ladies are remembered and held in as high regard as their more esteemed counterparts (Esther and Ruth respectively). Despite this, there are still lessons to be gleaned from each of these women as to why that is. For example, Vashti has already given us lessons on (the importance of) obedience and today, we are going to take lessons from Orpah on how to be successful.