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The Victorious Attitude . . .
- You can only do what you think you can. You may succeed when others do not believe in you, but never when you do not believe in yourself.
- The majority of failures in life are simply the victims of their mental defeats. Their conviction that they cannot succeed as others do robs them of that vigor and determination which self-confidence imparts, and they don’t even half try to succeed.
- Multitudes of people go through life with the conviction that they are not going to win no matter how hard they work. They are full of fear and doubt as to the future, and are convinced that they will never get very far anyway, but will always have to plod in mediocrity just barely getting a living; and in all probability that is just what they will do, for they are violating the first law of success. . . “He can who thinks he can.” Your success or failure is determined by your faith o lack of faith in yourself.
- It is the victorious mental attitude, the consciousness of power, the sense of mastership that does the big things in the world. If you haven’t this attitude, if you lack self-confidence, begin now to cultivate it.
- All positive thoughts are constructive. All negative thoughts are destructive. The conviction that you were born to win is a tremendous constructive, creative force, just as the conviction that you are a weakling, an inferior, a born loser, is a destructive force, a destroyer of self-confidence, of power.
- Self-confidence is the miracle worker of all ages. It is that mighty invisible power which makes men do the impossible. It enabled Columbus to hold steadily to his purpose, even when his sailors were in mutiny and he was at their mercy in a little vessel on an unknown sea. It was his sublime self-faith that gave him the courage to sail on and on into the unknown, entering his diary day after day . . . . “Today we sailed west, which was our course.”
- If we choose to be no more than clods of clay, as someone has said, then we shall be used as clods of clay for braver feet to tread on. The world will take you at your own evaluation.
- If people see that you have put yourself on the bargain counter, that you have marked yourself down, they are not going to put you back with the regular goods again. You are marked-down as cheap, and you will go at a bargain sale, to them.
- A famous coach once said, “Who would back you in a race while defeat is in your face.”
- If you want people to back you in the race of life, you must carry in your face and your manner evidence of the winner, of the conqueror, not of the loser. You must carry yourself so that people will say of you, as Lincoln said when he saw Walt Whitman pass by, “There goes a man.”
All Up to You . . .
- There is a big difference between wanting to and willing to.
- Counting time is not so important as making time count.
- Love your enemies; it will drive them crazy.
- Happy is the person who can laugh at himself. He will never cease to be amused.
- If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
- The biggest sin in life is wasting time.
- Do the very best you can with what you have.
- If you know it, show it.
- Have faith in GOD.
- Even if you’re on the right rack, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
- A person who is enthusiastic soon has enthusiastic followers.
- He who would leap high must take a long run.
- A friend is a present you give yourself.
- When you help someone up a hill, you’ll find yourself close to the top, too.
- What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
- The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could be.
- Before strongly desiring anything, we should look carefully into the happiness of its owner.
- Fall down seven times, get up eight.
- Size isn’t everything. The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine.
- Enthusiasm in your work is half the battle won.
- If you don’t get everything you want, think of things you don’t get that you don’t want.
- If there’s one thing we should let others find out for themselves, it’s how great we are.
- The person who gets ahead is the one who does more than is necessary and keeps on doing it.
- Big shots are usually Little shots who kept on shooting.
- We do not remember days, we remember moments.
- If good men were only better, would wicked men be so bad?
Heavenly Father, I humbly beg for thy Divine blessings, graces and favors. I ask complete obedience to Thy Divine will, as thou will me to be and not as I will to be. May my love of Thee, Heavenly Father, be multiplied a trillion times, more than anyone else who has ever loved Thee. I ask for wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be more worthy of Thy Divine graces. I ask Thee, Heavenly Father, for thy Divine Blessings, of Thy boundless love and Holiness, so that I may be a more effective instrument of Thy Holy Hand, in doing the work Thou hast chosen for me in serving Thee.
I belong to You, and You alone, Oh Lord, body, soul, heart and mind, my complete being.
Thank you, Father. Amen.
“ It’s better to burn out than it is to rust.”
Neil Young (1945 – )
Canadian music artist
“ To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. ”
Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881)
British prime minister and writer
A Real Winner
The birth of a boy – the beginning of a man,
Will he ever achieve what his Dad thinks he can?
Relying on Mom wanting only to hug her
A winner, a loser, or a common shoulder shrugger.
A winner goes forth with goals all too clear
With desire in his heart, and complaints no one can hear.
When he wins – he is gracious – so proud but humble.
If he loses by chance, you’ll not hear him grumble.
Asked why, at a loss, he’ll look you square in the eye
Put his hands on his hips and hold back every cry.
“We tried all the way from whistle to gun,
The scoreboard says no, but in our hearts we still won.”
“We’ll bounce back for sure, on that you can bet,
We’ll try even harder, you’ve seen nothing yet.”
He vibrates with power, his friends condescend
He lives in a way it’s his nature to win.
A loser is different, his goals are unclear,
His desire is so small, he complains all in fear.
He brags and he boasts, all glory his claim,
When he loses, he cries and gives others the blame.
Asked why at a loss, looking down, talking loose,
He’ll always now why – he has an excuse.
His team always losing, he knows every reason,
Alibi witnessed, he’ll wait till next season.
Then there’s the shrugger, he’s different yet,
Playing only for fun, never worked a sweat.
He never tries hard, it’s not worth the strife,
Win a few, lose a few, oh well now, that’s life.
And what will you be little man frail with youth?
Winner, loser, or a shrugger, time will soon tell the truth.
I know Mom and Dad will be glad in relief
When they see in your eyes that look of belief.
Believe in your parents, your coaches, your dreams,
and let Christ’s shining light guide your life with its beams.
Thank him oft for his gift to each one – a poor sinner,
He went through a lot to make you a real winner.
It’s my wish this day as the older you grow
That you’ll think of these words for always to know,
And someday I pray they will say at the end,
You lived in a way, ’twas your nature to Win.
— The Old Coach
(Dedicated to every boy) 9/22/75