February 18, 2022
“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”
Over the years I have often been surprised by what I was able to accomplish. During my tour of duty in the Navy I was trained to handle duties that I never believed I could do. It was the same during my long career in the computer industry and with my Kiwanis International role. I think much of my successes was because others had faith in what I could do and I seldom said no. What I learned was that I could do much more than I would have done without my taking advantage of the opportunities I was given,
We must not let our fears hold us back for if we do we will miss too many of the good things available to us. Here is an article on how we can boost our selfconfidence.
Carefully examining a display in the drugstore, a man asked the pharmacist, ‘Do you really guarantee this hair-restorer?’
The pharmacist responded, ‘Better than that, sir. We give a comb with every bottle.’
Wouldn’t you love to have that kind of confidence?
One man quipped, ‘When it comes to believing in myself, I’m an agnostic.’
One of the greatest problems many people experience is lack of confidence. Some don’t believe in their ability to speak in public, others are afraid to try something they’ve never done before, and still others do not have the confidence to overcome their shyness.
Do you know that you can become more confident? One effective technique is to learn to do what you’re afraid to do.
I led a seminar a few years ago where I asked for three volunteers to speak to the group the next day. One young woman named Judy was the first to raise her hand. She explained to me later why she did so: ‘When you asked for three volunteers,’ Judy said, ‘I felt a knot of fear in my stomach. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’ve never really believed I could. But the fear was telling me something,’ she continued. ‘So because I felt so anxious, I decided that this was something I had to do. But I must to tell you, I’m terrified!’
She made up her mind to do that which she was afraid to do. And the following day, Judy’s five-minute talk was superb! She was honest and genuine, speaking right from her heart. Now she is more confident about her ability to speak in public.
People who are confident have choices. People who are fearful too often avoid much of life because they are afraid to venture into unknown territory.
Jim Loehr said, ‘With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp.’
When you make what you’re afraid to do what you choose to do, you will soon have the confidence to do whatever you choose!
Written by Steve Goodier
Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
John went to the doctor because he had bulging eyes and a persistent ringing in his ears. The doctor looked him over and suggested removing his tonsils.
The tonsillectomy resulted in no improvement, so John consulted a dentist who suggested that removing his teeth might eliminate the problem. All of John’s teeth were extracted but still his eyes bulged out and the annoying ringing in his ears continued.
A third doctor told him bluntly, “You have six months to live.”
Feeling doomed and gloomy, John decided to treat himself right while he still had time, so he bought a flashy car, hired a chauffeur and a gardener, and got himself measured by a tailor for some new suits. To go along with the new suits, he decided that even his shirts would be made to order.
“Okay,” said the shirt maker, “let’s get your measurements. Hmm, thirty-four sleeve, sixteen collar.”
“No, I wear a fifteen collar” John told him.
“Sixteen collar,” the shirt maker repeated, measuring again.
“But I’ve always worn a fifteen collar,” said John.
“Listen,” said the shirt maker, “I’m telling you right now—if you keep on wearing a tight fifteen collar, your eyes will bulge out and you’ll have ringing in your ears.”
“If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?”
An honest seven-year-old admitted calmly to her parents that Billy Brown had kissed her after class.
“How did that happen?,” gasped her mother.
“It wasn’t easy,” admitted the young lady, “but 3 girls helped me catch him.”
Q. What’s a Jewish girl’s idea of natural childbirth?
A. Absolutely no make up.
The top toothbrush salesman at the company was asked by his boss how he managed to sell so many brushes.
He replied, “It’s easy!” and he pulled out his card table, setting his display of brushes on top.
He told his boss, “I lay the brushes out like this, and then I put out some potato chips and dip to draw in the customers.” He laid out his chips and dip.
“That’s a very innovative approach,” his boss said, as he took one of the chips, dipped it, and stuck it in his mouth. “Yuck, this tastes terrible!”
The salesman replied “IT IS? Want to buy a toothbrush?”
Don’t use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.
One day, an young girl is walking through a park when she hears a faint “Help me, help me”.
She looks around and follows the quiet voice to a bush near the path. Looking under the bush she spies a little green frog trapped under a log. The girl moves the log and picks up the frog.
“Oh, thank you, thank you” says the frog, “Take me home and put me on your pillow and in the morning I’ll be a handsome Prince.”
So the girl takes the frog home and puts him on the pillow and there in the morning is a handsome prince.
You don’t believe that?
Neither did her mother!
The strongest and sweetest song remains to be sung.
A census taker in rural West Texas went up to a farmhouse and knocked. A woman came to the door, and he proceeded to ask her how many children she had, and their ages.
She said, “Well, lez’ juz’ see now, there’s the twins Sally and Billy, they’re thirty-two, the twins Seth and Beth, they’re twenty-six, and the twins Penny and Jenny, they’re twenty-four … “
“Hold on!” said the census taker, “Did you get twins EVERY time?”
The woman answered, ” Why heck no, there were hundreds of times we didn’t get nothin!”
Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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