We are all quick-change artists. Like actors and actresses who go on stage or screen to portray different people, we too, have many faces. We’re happy one minute – unhappy the next; confident yesterday – doubtful today; or even successful at one point – yet fail because we question whether we deserved to be successful.
Why? Because we’re afraid we don’t have the ability to be successful. We lack the necessary confidence to step to the front and say, “I am here for one of the top spots.”
Confidence: Keys to Success
Confidence may not always bring success; but there is seldom success without confidence. Now I agree talent and ability play a part in success, but confidence is the key ingredient necessary for success. One thing is certain, the most talented individual with poor self-belief rarely, if ever, succeeds. In fact, Success stories and confidence go hand-in-hand.
Confidence; Can it be developed?
Yes, it can, and it is as simple as, Censoring (or selecting) the thoughts that enter the mind. In other words, selecting the good, useful, beneficial thoughts and rejecting the bad. In fact there are thousands of books written on this subject by clinical psychologists, sports psychologists, businessmen, ministers, coaches and even hypnotists, all on the subject of creating your own confidence. Confidence building is nothing more learning to think “good” when there is “bad” all around. Glenn Moore, author of Handbook for Success states, “I am not a doctor, psychologist, or any of the professionals mentioned, but those who continually said, “I doubt,” I can’t,” or “I won’t,” usually weren’t among the most dependable members of the team.” To be successful in athletics, academics, or in life, Mr. Moore went onto say, “To believe you are capable, you must be able to select the thoughts you have about yourself.” He describes the very powerful, yet simple YES, BUT…THEORY which helps gain confidence and how to be a WINNER. Don’t just read Handbook for Success. Study and apply it.
It won’t be long before you realize your success will actually breed future success.
Success Breeds Success: The batting glove was born!
In 1964, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson (presently the announcer for the Chicago White Sox), was playing for the Kansas City Athletics and, prior to his game against the New York Yankees, he played a round of golf where he developed a blister on his bottom hand. To cover the blister and allow him to swing the bat, Harrelson decided to wear his “Red Golf Glove” to bat. Initially the Yankee players greeted Ken Harrelson and his bright red glove with heckling, but with what happened next the Batting Glove was born. Ken Harrelson hit two towering homeruns off Yankee Hall of Famer Whitey Ford and the next day, Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle had the club house order him two dozen Red All-Star Golf gloves!
Until next Blog recognize it is just as easy to “look up” to yourself, as it is to “look down” at your capabilities and potential.