March 30, 2022
“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”
I think one of the things I have appreciated most was how often things turned out well in my life. I have come to expect that things will work out for the best and they almost always do. I think when we are pessimistic thangs will not be what they might have been. So my friends look on the bright side and make the best of the days ahead.
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
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot.”
What their mom said:
COLUMBUS’ MOTHER: “I don’t care what you’ve discovered, you still could have written!”
MICHELANGELO’S MOTHER: “Can’t you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?”
NAPOLEON’S MOTHER: “All right, if you aren’t hiding your report card inside your jacket, take your hand out of there and show me.”
ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S MOTHER: “Again with the stovepipe hat? Can’t you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?”
MARY’S MOTHER: “I’m not upset that your lamb followed you to school, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you.”
ALBERT EINSTEIN’S MOTHER: “But it’s your senior picture. Can’t you do something about your hair? OY! Styling gel, mousse, something…?”
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOTHER: “The next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!”
THOMAS EDISON’S MOTHER: “Of course I’m proud that you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off and get to bed!”
PAUL REVERE’S MOTHER: “I don’t care where you think you have to go, young man, midnight is past your bedtime.”
I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.
Here is one of the reasons I like the Irish so much.
A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.
A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied.
It is better to be born lucky than rich.
A lie travels farther than the truth.
An old broom knows the dirty corners best.
Put silk on a goat, and it’s still a goat.
A friend’s eye is a good mirror.
It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.
God is good, but never dance in a small boat.
Even a small thorn causes festering.
Marriages are all happy its having breakfast together that causes all the trouble.
Every dog is brave on his own doorstep.
You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him.
You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
It was a May-December marriage, and as the old man climbed in to bed for the first time with his new bride, he asked, “Did your mother tell you what to do on your wedding night?”
“Yes,” she cooed, kissing him lightly, “She told me everything.”
“Good,” said the elderly gentleman as he turned out the light, “because I’ve forgotten.”
“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.”
While walking through a parking lot, I tripped and fell flat on my face.
As I was lying there, a woman stopped her car and called out, “Are you hurt?” “No, I’m fine,” I said, touched by her concern. “Oh, good,” she continued. “So will you be vacating your parking space now?”
If money won’t make you happy, you won’t like poverty either.
She said that while visiting her son during his freshman year, she was shocked by the mess in his room: clothes, books, and rubbish lay everywhere. Later, over dinner, she tried to touch on the informal versus formal dress codes that life after college might require. Her son, however, shared his own firmly held dress code guidelines:
1. Informal: socks not required
2. Semiformal: two socks required
3. Formal: both socks must match
You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.
Maureen said: At my granddaughter’s wedding, the DJ polled the guests to see who had been married longest. It turned out to be my husband and I. The DJ asked us, “What advice would you give to the newly-married couple?”
I said, “The three most important words in a marriage are, ‘You’re probably right.'”
Everyone then looked at my husband. He said, “She’s probably right.”
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
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