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Believe in yourself

Ray’s Daily

June 29, 2018


Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.

Rachel Corrie

Believe in yourself

Life is not always easy for many of us. These can be trying days not just for us who have lived full lives but also for those just starting their life journey. I recently spent some time with an extremely talented young lady. She is a highly motivated intellectual with many talents, maybe too many. You see my young friend is loaded with skills and curiosity to the point that she has yet to chose a path that will allow her to focus her time and energy on what will allow her to start on a rewarding career path.

I have another young friend who has vocational skills but who is a free spirit more focused on the pursuit of his dreams than he is on a career. I wish him well as he is not a lot different than I was at his age. It was more like I did not chose my path as much as my path chose me.

What is important to me is that my young friends not give up on themselves. Things seldom go exactly as we wish they would, it is our ability to retain our confidence that takes us to where we belong.

Here is piece I got from the Motivational blog years ago that I think is valuable to all.

Believe in Yourself

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be. That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.

There are times when people disappoint you and let you down. But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself.

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them.Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are.

So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be. Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep Believing in Yourself!


Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale



* Your feet stick to grape jelly on the kitchen floor–and you don’t care.

* When the kids are fighting, you threaten to lock them in a room together and not let them out until someone’s bleeding.

* You can’t find your cordless phone, so you ask a friend to call you, and you run around the house madly, following the sound until you locate the phone downstairs in the laundry basket.

* Your idea of a good day is making it through without a child leaking bodily fluids on you.

* Popsicle’s become a food staple.

* Your favorite television show is a cartoon.

* You’re willing to kiss your child’s boo-boo, regardless of what body part it happens to be on.

* You’re so desperate for adult conversation that you spill your guts to the telemarketer that calls and HE hangs up on YOU!

* You buy cereal with marshmallows in it.

* You count the sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they’re equal.

* You have time to shave only one leg at a time.

* You hide in the bathroom to be alone.

* Your kid throws up and you catch it.

* You get up at 5:30 AM and you have no time to eat, sleep, drink or go to the bathroom, and yet… you still managed to gain 10 pounds.


Animals may be our friends. But they won’t pick you up at the airport.

Bobcat Goldthwait


Mama was making pancakes for her two sons, Max age 5 and Sam age 3.  The boys began to argue who should get the first pancake.

“Shame on you, boys.  If King Solomon, the wise king, were here, he would say, let my brother have the first pancake.”

Max looked at Sam and said, “O.K., you be King Solomon today.”


Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke


Not long after their wedding, the newlyweds awoke early one morning. The couple had been up for quite a while before they met up in the kitchen. Marriage was agreeing with the husband, and he greeted his new wife with glee and excitation that morning.

“If you’ll make the toast and pour the juice, sweetheart,” said the newlywed bride, “breakfast will be ready.”

“Great! What are we having for breakfast?” he asked “Toast and juice.” replied the bride.


“What a man thinks of himself, that is what determines, or rather indicates, his fate.”

Henry David Thoreau


How To Lie To The Bathroom Scale

  1. Weigh yourself with clothes on, after dinner… as well as in the morning, without clothes, before breakfast, because it’s nice to see how much weight you’ve lost over- night.
  2. Never weigh yourself with wet hair.
  3. When weighing, remove everything, including glasses. In this case, blurred vision is an asset. Don’t forget the earrings, these things can weigh at least a pound.
  4. Use cheap scales only, never the medical kind, because they are always five pounds off…to your advantage.
  5. Always go to the bathroom first.
  6. Stand with arms raised, making pressure on the scale lighter.
  7. Don’t eat or drink in the morning until AFTER you’ve weighed in, completely naked, of course.
  8. Weigh yourself after a haircut, this is good for at least half a pound of hair (hopefully).
  9. Exhale with all your might BEFORE stepping onto the scale (air has to weigh something, right?).
  10. Start out with just one foot on the scale, then holding onto the towel rack in front of you, slowly edge your other foot on and slowly let off of the rack. Admittedly, this takes time, but it’s worth it. You will weigh at least two pounds less than if you’d stepped on normally.

Actually I have found that I can get a more accurate reading if I just keep holding on to the towel rack. You also might consider getting on the scale and then using the adjustment knob set the reading to your target weight. Then get off the scale and get back on, you will feel great when you can tell people that when you weighed yourself that morning the scale readout was your target weight. Ray


There’s a lot of stress out there, and to handle it, you just need to believe in yourself; always go back to the person that you know you are, and don’t let anybody tell you any different, because everyone’s special and everyone’s awesome.

McKayla Maroney


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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