There are at least two aspects of overconfidence: perceived and actual.
Externally, some people are viewed by others as too confident. These people might be humble on the inside, but people don’t see it. This is a reflection of their foolish lack of self-awareness.
Naturally, some people are too confident on the inside, and their pride is a reflection of their heart.
Most of the time, internal overconfidence is expressed externally. Sometimes, people seem prideful but their hearts are humble.
Both diseases of overconfidence are inconceivably difficult to self diagnose–all those pesky self rationalizations get in the way.
Unfortunately, I haven’t just observed this, I’ve experienced it firsthand. Understanding the symptoms of overconfidence could lead to greater humility.
Perceived overconfidence exchanges inspiration with intimidation or indifference.
When we see the right amount of confidence in others, we are inspired and appreciate their passion. Your favorite singer doesn’t step on the stage sheepishly.
Actual overconfidence exchanges surrender for self-sufficiency .
Rather than trusting God, the self-sufficient place their trust in their own skills and achievements.
Are people intimidated by you? Are they indifferent and apathetic to your ideas? Who gets the spotlight in your heart, is it God or you? Talk to someone in your life to get an outside perspective.