Confident. Don’t Give Up!
Wisdom Quotes Illustrated 4
by Philip G. Schmitz
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Too many people overvalue what
they are not
and undervalue what they are.
wants confidence. In fact, it was a desire for greater confidence
that led me to produce this book. I have good news. It’s not as
if you either have confidence pretty much from birth, or you might as
well forget about it. No! Confidence can be acquired through practice
and—as an essential first step—by taking a hard look at
the negative thoughts that are undermining you.
the goal here? What will a greater sense of self-confidence allow you
to do? It will enable you to stop comparing yourself with others.
Instead of shining a judgmental light on what you are not and
detracting from yourself, you will gain the advantage of emphasizing
the unique strengths you can bring to bear, while realistically
working on areas that need improvement. Having confidence will
increase your willingness to take action, even when a decision
involves a degree of risk. By the same token, confidence will let you
admit having made a mistake and put you in a position to learn from
it. You’ll be optimistic because a lesson learned takes you a
step closer to your goal and doesn’t necessarily spell defeat.
another thing. Confidence has been called the first prerequisite for
great accomplishment, so it is extremely personal and focused. But it
also has an effect on others. A self-confident person is very likely
to inspire confidence in others. Nice!
hoping this compilation of quotes and illustrations will help you
discover your very own ways of building confidence and developing the
strength to persevere through difficulties. I admit the collection is
brief. It does not pretend to be comprehensive. Rather, it’s
meant as a pocket companion. Keep this book somewhere handy, say, on
your smart phone. Then, if you need a confidence boost, have a look.
Please don’t forget . . .
Few people come anywhere near
exhausting the resources within them.
There are deep wells of
strength that are never used.
Richard E. Byrd
is our confidence
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in yourself is magic; if you can do that you can achieve anything.
Wolfgang von Goethe
downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your
conviction to match your destiny.
takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as
much to stand up to our friends.
of the person who is truly a master, the Tao
Te Ching declares:
he believes in himself, he doesn't try to convince others.
he is content with himself, he doesn't need others' approval.
he accepts himself, the whole world accepts him.
well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always
spring up if thou wilt always look.
the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can
you stand for something, you will have people for you and people
against you. But if you stand for nothing, you will have nobody for
you and nobody against you.
belief is what you hold, but a conviction is what holds you.
be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth.
when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away
with your head held high is dignity.
comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and
people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you
laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who
treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to
be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back
up is living.
doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you
think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then
speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in
an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and
humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.
is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to
ourselves—there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the
people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please
them by doing what you know is wrong.
J. H. Boetcker
has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the
fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse.
To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To
the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make
have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to
in your mind are a much greater roadblock to success than obstacles
on the journey.
let the opinions of other people determine the image you have of
yourself. There is no need to feel either appreciated or understood.
Be even-minded. What you think about yourself is everything. What
others think about you has no value at all, unless you choose to give
say it’s hard to have your own opinions, but that may not be
entirely correct. At the risk of splitting hairs: it’s easy to
your own opinions, the hard part is gearing your life to them. When
people in your environment see that your ideas stray from what is
generally accepted, they begin to perceive you as a threat to their
comfort zones. In spite of the conflict, if you don’t stand up
for what you believe in, you will ultimately come up short.
tend to make concessions because we fear criticism and disapproval.
We don’t enjoy the sense of not fitting in, so we hesitate to
assert ourselves against the tide of opinion. We repress unique
aspects of our personalities so that we don’t stand out.
comes at a cost. We may create the appearance that we are part of a
group, but deep inside we’re unable to convince ourselves that
we truly belong. We think we can make ourselves comfortable by
downplaying who we are, but in the end we still feel alienated.
are very social beings. So social, in fact, that separation from the
group or tribe was used as severe punishment in historical times,
when people were banished for their misdeeds.