Confidence and Courage

In 1908 Dr. Marden wrote “PROMISED my God I would do it.” In September, 1862, when Lincoln issued his preliminary emancipation proclamation, the sublimest act of the nineteenth century, he made this entry in his diary ” I promised my God I would do it.” Does any one doubt that such a mighty resolution added power to this marvelous man ; or that it nerved him to accomplish what he had undertaken? Neither ridicule nor caricature neither dread of enemies nor desertion of friends, could shake his indomitable faith in his ability to lead the nation through the greatest struggle in its history.”
Do you believe that if your confidence was at its peak you would achieve more?
If you had a tremendous confidence, which half would win the battle before you begin? It is astonishing how the world makes way for a resolute soul, and how obstacles get out of the path of a determined person who believes in themself. There is no philosophy by which a person can do a thing when they think they can’t. What can defeat a strong person who believes in themself and cannot be ridiculed down, talked down, or written down? Poverty cannot dishearten them, misfortune deter themm, or hardship turn them an inch from their course. Whatever comes, they keep their eye on the goal and push ahead. History proves this correct.
I have worked with many timid people as to why they let opportunities pass by them that were eagerly seized by others with much less ability, and the answer was invariably a con- fession like the following : ” I have no courage,” said one ; ” I lack confidence in myself,” said another ; ” I shrink from trying for fear I shall make a mistake and have the mortification of being turned down,” said a third; ” It would look so bold for me to have the nerve to put myself forward,” said a fourth; ” Oh, I do not think it would be right to seek a place so far above me,” said another, ” I think I ought to wait until the place seeks me, or I am better prepared.” So they run through the whole gamut of self-distrust. This shrinking, this timidity or negative self talk, often proves a worse enemy to success than actual incompetence. Take the lantern in the hand, and you will always have light enough for your next step, no matter how dark, for the light will move along with you. Do not try to see a long way ahead. “One small step at a time is enough.”
I believe if we had a larger conception of our possibilities, a larger faith in ourselves, we could accomplish infinitely more. And if we only better understood our divinity we would have this larger faith. Look at what you believe. Look at your level of courage. Make the decision that you are powerful beyond belief and continue to take the steps necessary to strengthen your courage muscle.
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