Amy Rees Anderson

The Four C’s:  Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”-Walt Disney

First of all I have to just say I LOVE WALT DISNEY! I just had to get that out there. And anyone who has ever been to my home can verify how much I love Disney since we have Disney paintings and statues and everything else all over our home.  But how could anyone not love Disney?  It stands for Once Upon a Time… and Happily Ever After… and Imagination and Dreams Coming True….  I suppose that is why I have always surrounded myself with Disney things, because they remind me of all of that…

I love Walt’s quote I began with. And I love the four C’s he talks about.

Curiosity is what fuels our imaginations. It drives us to learn and explore and expand our view of what this world could be.

Confidence is what helps us to chase after the things we dream about. It helps us remember that we are capable of more than we can begin to imagine we are.

Courage is what keeps us going when things get tough. It helps us stand up when we fall and it allows us to stand alone when need be.

Constancy is what allows us to keep moving forward in spite of our fears and in spite of our failures. It also inspires others to trust us along the way.

I love that he pointed out that confidence was the greatest of all of these.

The dictionary defines confidence as: 1. the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust. 2. the state of feeling certain about the truth of something. 3. A feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.

I believe the true meaning of confidence is the combination of all three of those.  In my own life I have found that my confidence comes as a result of 1. A belief that I can always rely on God. 2. Feeling certain that I can trust God completely. 3. A self-assurance that comes from knowing and appreciating that God created me with every talent and gift I would need to accomplish everything I am meant to in this life, and that if I do my part to develop those gifts and talents that He will help me to become everything I am capable of becoming and help me accomplish everything I meant to.  Those three things will always equal confidence for anyone who has them.

It’s that confidence that encourages us to take our curiosity and begin to imagine what might be. It’s that confidence that gives us the courage to explore and invent and create. It’s that confidence that leads us to believe in MAGIC!

Have a magical day everyone and remember that dreams really do come true…

~Amy

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