Quotes for
the Journey:

Confidence 2

Confidence is going after Moby
Dick in a rowboat and taking
the tartar sauce with you.

Zig Ziglar


It's so important to believe in yourself.  Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances.  Because if you believe you can,  they you really will.  That belief just keeps you searching for the answers, and then pretty soon you get it.
-Wally Amos

"I never seek to defeat the man I am fighting," he explained.  "I seek to defeat his confidence.  A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.  Two men are equals--true equals--only when they both have equal confidence."     -Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
Whenever I came into the room, she'd light up, so happy to see me.  No one ever in the course of my entire life was ever as happy to see me as she was.  Looking back, now, I realize that you only ever need one person who lights up that way when you enter a room.  One person is all it takes to give a kid confidence.     -Adriana Trigiani, Don't Sing at the Table
We often become what we believe ourselves to be.  If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.  On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.     -Mohandas Gandhi
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

Learn to depend upon yourself by doing things in accordance with your own way of thinking.       -Grenville Kleiser
I've never met a person, I don't care what his or her condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much people may consider themselves failures, I believe in them, for they can change the thing that is wrong in their lives anytime they are prepared and ready to do it.  Whenever they develop the desire, they can take away from their lives the things that are defeating them. The capacity for reformation and change lies within.        -Preston Bradley
Search and you will find that at the base and birth of every great business organization was an enthusiast, a person consumed with earnestness of purpose, with confidence in his or her powers, with faith in the worthwhileness of his or her endeavors.       -B.C. Forbes
One can inspire a group of others only if one oneself is filled with confidence and hope of success.       -Floyd V. Filson
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.      -Helen Keller
If one burdens the future with one’s worries, it cannot grow organically.  I am filled with confidence, not that I shall succeed in worldly things, but that even when things go badly for me I shall still find life good and worth living.
-Etty Hillesum
Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence people have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future.       -W. Bourke Cockran
Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that insures the successful outcome of our venture.       -William James
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a person would stake his or her life on it a thousand times. This confidence in God's grace and knowledge of it makes people glad and bold and happy in dealing with God and with all his creatures; and this is the work of the Holy Ghost in faith. Hence a person is ready and glad, without compulsion, to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer everything, in love and praise of God, who has shown him or her this grace.       -Martin Luther
Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way.        -Kate Seredy

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky.  Class has nothing to do with money.  Class never runs scared.  It is self-discipline and self-knowledge.  It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.        -Ann Landers
I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we secure our own soul.  And this I do believe above all, especially in my times of greatest discouragement, that I must believe--that I must believe in my fellow people--that I must believe in myself--that I must believe in God--if life is to have any meaning.        -Margaret Chase Smith
Self-distrust is the cause of most of our failures. . . they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.      -Christian Bovee
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.     -Bruce Barton

People are timid and apologetic; they are no longer upright; they dare not say "I think," "I am," but quotes some saint or sage.  They are ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose.  These roses under my window  make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as  the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.      -Channing Pollock
Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks on great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.       -Cicero


Does everyone feel this way?  When I was young, I was perpetually overconfident or insecure.  Either I felt completely useless, unattractive, and worthless, or that I was pretty much a success, and everything I did was bound to succeed.  When I was confident, I could overcome the hardest challenges.  But all it took was the smallest setback for me to be sure that I was utterly worthless.  Regaining my self-confidence had nothing to do with success. . . whether I experienced it as a failure or triumph was utterly dependent on my mood.     -Bernhard Schlink, The Reader
You can't make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.     -Julien Smith, The Flinch
Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.       -Clementine Paddleford
Confidence only means something when you're talking about a task that's difficult.  If the task is easy--something like making toast--you wouldn't even use the word confident.  It would sound pretty weird to say, "I'm very confident I'm going to be able to toast this slice of bread."  If the task is easy, you just do it without thinking about it.
   Now here's what the inner world of confident people is really like as they face difficult tasks.  They don't think, I'm going to be successful.  They think, I accept what I bring to this.  I'm not going to be perfect.  I might run into difficulties.  But whatever happens I'll find a way to cope.  I'll keep working at it until things turn out good enough.  I'm not going to worry about things I have no control over.  I'll be okay whatever happens.
So when it comes to things that are difficult, confidence is all about feeling at home.  Deep in the heart of confidence is a shrug, not a swagger.    -Mira Kirshenbaum, Everything Happens for a Reason

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