Identity Matters: Knowing Who You Are Sets You Apart

Everyone one has faith in something and unfortunately, recent statistics reveal that over half the workforce of the tech space don’t even believe in themselves. Imposter syndrome is a feeling of "phoniness in people who believe they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement." Currently, 58% of people with technology-focused careers struggle consistently with feeling and believing that they are enough. That is a lot of people, who actually are very intelligent, creative and capable walking around being deceived by the lie that they are not those things, and the lie that if they just try to perform a little harder, a little longer, do whatever it takes to stand out even more than the person next to them -then they will be fulfilled in their deep longing for significance.

What’s the big deal with performance? Isn’t that just part of the job? No. There is a significant difference between performing and producing. Performing has no substance to it, its goal is to attain something, so the weight of it is felt only when the object of its goal is met. That goal may be praise, a raise, opportunity for advancement, none of which are bad in and of themselves, yet when pursued by a heart desperate to believe that it matters- time, energy, and money are wasted, poured into something that ultimately doesn’t satisfy the person, their employer or the population that is consuming the product.

Producing on the other hand, carries weight, because production is the felt substance of faith. Production is the catalyzing energy of faith, and the beauty is its purely the by-product of relationship with God; Him confirming our identity and us choosing to believe Him. Stepping into who He has made you to be and showing up in your job, fully bringing yourself on your employer's behalf.

Imagine yourself as a coder who isn’t just armed with skill and talent, but also with the values of the kingdom of God, with your surety in who you are, stepping into that environment. Imagine getting to shine in your workspace, not only because you contribute with your technical skills, but because when you show up to work, other people feel a greater measure of peace, a greater measure of significance. Bringing the kingdom of God is a simple as you being you in your workspace. Now imagine the difference you can make to all those people who consume what you contribute to. Like a snowball rolling downhill, the simple actions of believing God is who He says He is and you are who He says you are, will grow you and will change, not just the tech space but the world as a whole.

Siri

Siri Bergquist is a graduate from Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, has a BA in Psychology and is Senior Investigator for the Summit Research Institute. She is passionate about good communication being restored to humanity, particularly in the Tech Space. Healthy, effective and complete communication is the key to healthy relationships, which in turn, allow us to apprehend our future.

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