In the movie “The Sound of Music” there is a song called “I Have Confidence in Me!” This song has so much truth in it. Here are the lyrics to it.
What will this day be like?
What will my future be?
It could be so exciting
To be out in the world
To be free
My heart should be wildly rejoicing
Oh whats the matter with me?
I’ve always longed for adventure
To do the things I’ve never dared
Now here i’m facing adventure
Then why am I so scared?
Captain with seven children
Whats so fearsome about that?
Oh I must stop all these doubts
All these worries
If I don’t i just know i’ll turn back
I must dream of the things I am seeking
I am seeking the courage I lack
The courage to serve them with reliance
Face my mistakes without defiance
Show them I’m worthy
And while I show them
I’ll show me! So!
Let them bring on all their problems
I’ll do better than my best
I have confidence
They’ll put me to the test
But I’ll make them see
I have confidence in me
Somehow I will impress them
I will be firm but kind
And all those children
Heaven bless them
They will look up to me
And mind me
With each step I am more certain
Everything will turn out fine
I have confidence the world can all be mine
They’ll have to agree I have confidence in me
I have confidence in sunshine
I have confidence in rain
I have confidence that spring will come again
Besides what you see I have confidence in me!
Strength doesn’t lie in numbers
Strength doesn’t lie in wealth
Strength lies in nights of peaceful slumber
When you wake up
Wake up! It’s healthy!
All I trust
I give my heart to
All I trust becomes my own
I have confidence
In confidence alone
I have confidence in confidence alone!
Besides Which you see I have confidence
Maria has no idea what she is getting into in this movie. But what we do know is that she will be a nanny for 7 children. She realizes that she needs confidence to do what she has be hired to do. So, here is the question: Do you have confidence? What dreams do you have that you are afraid to go after? Do you long for adventure? What are you dreaming of? Or if you have quit dreaming, what did you dream of? For me, I have dreamed of speaking on stage for many years. And of being able to help people make their dreams come true. And of just being a blessing to people. I’m going after those dreams! Do I have naysayers? Yes! But are they stopping me? NO! And in fact they are pushing me harder than my supporters. Because I want to prove them wrong! And I am! I have confidence! Do you? Until next time…
Norman Vincent Peale said “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ” This is the same writer who wrote the famous book “The Power of Positive Thinking.” So many people lack the confidence to go after what they want. I know that was the case for me! But by working on building my confidence by doing things that I thought I couldn’t do, I am finding that I can do things that I never thought I could! If you step out in faith and try something new, what is the worst thing that could happen? You fail? Honestly, failure just means you need to try a different way to get something done. You can be successful! Thomas Edison said it so perfectly: “I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.” Maybe what you tried didn’t work the first time. Don’t quit! Just try a new way to get what you want! The old adage is true, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Success is failure turned inside out! You can have success. And by not quitting you will boost your confidence. Les Brown says on every one of his messages: “You have greatness within you!” And you really do!!!! Until next time…
A little while ago Dr. Reggie Cochran posted this on Facebook. I’m so blessed to call him my friend & adopted big brother.
“Having no written goals (with action plans on how to accomplish them) is like trying to build a building without blueprints. Sure… there are a VERY small few who can do that. But MOST can’t. If you have written goals and are on track, pat yourself on the back. If not… mentally kick yourself in the butt, get off Facebook and take the time to actually design and plan your future. Then get up every day and work your plan. No Plan = more pain, poverty and poor performance. Written Plan = pleasure, prosperity and peak performance. It’s your life… your choice. So choose wisely my friend. Best of success…. Reg”
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been writing on how important words can be. And words are important. But what about the words you speak to yourself? Are they any less important? I think they are more important than any words that can be spoken to you. Luke chapter 6 verse 45 says “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” What do you believe about yourself? Are you speaking life over yourself? Or death? If you are speaking death, please, begin to find some good things in yourself. Look for things that you are good at. If you need to, ask for help. There is nothing wrong with it! Words of life and words of death, we speak them over ourselves so often! But we need to focus on speaking words of life over ourselves. Being real to yourself is so incredibly important! We talk to ourselves all the time. Whether or not it is aloud. How is your life going? Do you do what you want in life? Where do you see yourself in ten years? Do you see yourself as being successful? Or do you see yourself as someone who is struggling? If you want to be successful in 10 years you have to see yourself as being successful now! There is a movie I’ve seen a couple of times now. It is called “The Secret.” It is fantastic! Here is the gist of the movie: if you see yourself as someone who is successful you will attract people who are successful! Now success can take different forms for different people. For one person success may be wealthy and having lots of “toys.” For someone else, it may where you have a life where you are just comfortable. For me, I will be successful when I can bless other people in a huge way. What does success look like to you? The important part of being real, is you can see yourself as you want to be. I believe in you. Do you believe in yourself?