Gain Confidence

I watched England play in the Euro 2012 championship the other day. They were playing Sweden. I think I’m right in saying that we’ve never beaten Sweden before – UNTIL THE OTHER NIGHT.  England beat Sweden 3 -2 .  It got me thinking as to why, suddenly did the team feel inspired to lift their game?

At the half way stage they were 1 – 0 up. They had the half-time break and came back onto pitch.  Were they feeling confident? Who knows, but it wasn’t long before Sweden scored 2 goals which put them in the lead, temporarily.  We have a new manager, who is English this time.  Does he inspire confidence in the team? I think so.  He made some good strategic decisions.

After the two goals were let in by Sweden, the manager brought on a different player, Theo Walcott. It wasn’t long before he scored a goal, bringing the game back to a level score.  Suddenly everything changed.  The team seemed to gain CONFIDENCE.

It was almost tangible. Soon we scored again, winning the game by 3 goals to 2.

Tonight we play the Ukraine.  I have my fingers crossed that the team will continue their spirited performance and have the

confidence in their own abilities to WIN, WIN, WIN.

If we get a draw, we can still go on to the next round, but the Ukraine have to win tonight or they’re out of it.

We all know how it feels to lack confidence. I know I do.  I’m not a very confident driver.  People tell me I’m a good driver, but Idon’t feel it myself. I’m too afraid of hurting other people.  I would hate to do that so I hold myself back. If only I was more confident

… Here’s a thought for the day on confidence.  I hope it inspires you like it inspires me.

The Optimists Creed

by Christian D. Larson – 1912 from The Secret

I Promise Myself


To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything, and make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

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