Confidence – Cheer each other onto victory

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.

~ Vince Lombardi

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending our corporate colleague annual meeting. The first night we watched a motivational video by Coach K, Duke University’s basketball coach – Mike Krzyzewski.

His key words for success, whether in business or personal relationships are…Communication, Trust, collective responsibility, care, and pride.


It is my belief that our marriage of almost 39 years has lasted and become stronger because we have practiced these truths. As we became better at making these concepts a part of our daily lives, our relationship grew stronger.

When Coach K discussed pride my first thought was the pride my husband feels for me.

Pride ~

Being proud of our colleagues, friends, family, and especially our spouses does make a world of difference. Confidence is contagious.

About 8 years ago I was leaving the house to fly up north for a job interview. I had expressed my fears and trepidations to my husband the night before and again that morning. As I was walking down our front walkway to the car, Wade walked up behind me and said, “I know you can do this. You are so smart.” That was all I needed to hear…his pride in me as a person. I left the house with confidence. I nailed the interview…and got the job.

It is amazing what a difference it makes in knowing someone else believes in you.

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

All of us need encouragement at one time or another.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Take the time today to encourage someone else. Cheer them on toward victory.

This past month we have watched Olympians from across the world compete. If it weren’t for someone cheering them on many would not have triumphed.

Our oldest son, Jacob, struggled with reading when he was in 2nd grade. I learned he had been told by his 1st grade teacher when he read, “Read it , stupid, read it.” (I won’t go into my reaction to this…that is a whole other story!!!) However, in conjunction with his current teacher…we began verbally praising his reading and how smart we thought he was. In two weeks he moved up 2 reading levels!

Words are powerful. They can build up or tear down.

Be someone that cheers their fellow man to success. Be a part of the crowd that roars…YOU CAN DO IT! I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOU!

Blessings, Susan
PS – Dear faithful readers, Please forgive my hiatus…I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Family and work have kept me from posting – there are just not enough hours in the day! The good news is that walking has also gotten in my way. I’m now walking more, trying to prepare for a 5K Walk (definitely not a run!!!). I’ve also lost some weight and am eating better.

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