Category Archives: confidence

Make a List of Your Good Qualities

When I’m getting to know a new friend, I ask about special interests or skills. Know what makes me sad? The times I see shoulders drop and hear, “Oh, I can’t do anything special.” And if I begin to list … Continue reading

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We Don’t Have to be Perfect

Because encouragement was a rare item in my early years, I learned to treasure it when it did show up. Today, I understand encouragement’s power in new ways and try to give it as well as receive it. One encouragement … Continue reading

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What Do We Tell Ourselves?

During a tour of Dearborn, Michigan’s Greenfield Village several years ago, the guide took our group into Henry Ford’s childhood home and eventually quoted the great industrialist as having said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’ll be … Continue reading

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Life-Changing Words

As I ponder my life, I often think of what folks have said to me. Sadly, I wish I could forget some scenes. But one memory makes me smile. Why? Because a few kind words when I was 12 gave … Continue reading

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