Wikipedia says that Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective.
It goes on to say that Self-Confidence is having confidence is oneself, but Arrogance is having unmerited confidence–believing something or someone is capable or correct when they are not.
Now it says that Overconfidence or presumptuousness is excessive belief in someone (or something) succeeding, without any regard for failure.
It also goes on to say that Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability.
Now I want to tell you why I’m bringing this up. I have battled with low self confidence. I have had times in my life when I didn’t believe that I could do something or get through to someone. Now I look back on the things that I was doing at the time and I realize that had I had more confidence in myself I would have been more convincing to others as well and it would have helped my cause. Being confident in something you love, whether it be a job, sport, talent or anything in life is what will help you succeed.
I got to thinking about my life as a Christian. Now, let’s go back to what Wikipedia describes as Confidence. Am I confident that I’m a christian and that I have faith? Of course I am. But, let’s think about what it says about overconfidence or presumptuousness. This is excessive belief in someone succeeding, without any regard for failure.
Now, you don’t have to answer me, but are you presumptuous when it comes to your faith?
Remember what I said earlier about confidence? It can be self-fulfilling prophecy. Those without it mail fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it. We need confidence in ourselves, our jobs, our lives and our God.
I talked about Negativity the other day. Wikipedia also states that when one does not dwell on negative consequences one can be more self-confident because one is worrying far less about failure or the disapproval of others following potential failure.
I want to challenge you to find that confidence, shoo away the negative thoughts and bring yourself to the point that others want to know how they can be more like you. You can be overconfident in something you believe in without being arrogant because what you believe in is right in front of you—at arms reach. You have faith, confidence and the negativity is gone.
Have a Blessed Day!
Are you surrounded by negativity? Have you really taken a moment to think about this? Often times we are facing negativity and don’t even realize it. Think about that time you asked a friend how things were going. Rather than say something positive your friend focuses on all of the negative aspects of his/her life and goes on and on about how awful things are. Or, what about the time you were waiting in line someplace only to hear the person behind you complain and mumble about how long the wait was taking? In today’s society we are all faced with negativity. One thing is for sure, negativity affects us all in a NEGATIVE way.
Now I know that last sentence might not have made a whole lot of sense, but I’m going to explain. If I’m constantly surrounding myself with negative people I’m going to start to feel negative. Am I right? Are you starting to understand what I’m talking about?
It’s not always completely obvious either, the negativity that is, but can still cause you stress and unwanted negative feelings. The actions of others can bring us down in more ways than we realize. Seeing someone frown at you, cut you off in traffic, roll their eyes, or speak in a not-so-nice tone can really get you started off in the wrong direction and can cause you to have a horrible/negative day.
Staying positive in negative times can be hard, but it can be done.
One step is to smile. Sometimes someone is holding a frown on their face and they don’t even realize it until someone smiles at them. A smile can turn someone’s day around.
Another thing you can do is talk to them with a positive tone. Let people know that they aren’t going to get you down without even telling them. Keep your tone happy and positive and you might just change theirs.
There are always going to be negative people and it’s impossible to live a life not affected by other people, however we can determine how we deal with the way we let others into our lives. Rather than fall into the negativity of others, try to be the positive light that shines so bright others can not help but turn their negative frown upside down.
Have a blessed day!
She sits by the window in her old rocking chair contemplating the tasks at hand. The sun is shining in on her, yet the sky is cloudy and the day is dreary. She has decisions to make. Rocking…thinking…rocking…thinking. The days seem to be shorter and the work seems to be harder. Life feels like an uphill climb, like so much work. She’s tired.
As the cool breeze blows, she catches her breath, she sighs. Will it ever get any easier? When will she catch her break? She’s working, working real hard, yet nothing seems to be coming of it. As she tries to rest during her down time, she can’t seem to shut her mind off. She’s thinking…constantly thinking, about what could be. Challenges, time and time again. But why?
Wet lashes, a tear wells up in her eyes, it slowly starts to slip away…down her cheek. Eyes tighten, the rocking speeds up, faster and faster. Lost in this world, feeling alone and out of place…she doesn’t fit in. Hoping, wishing, wondering where she’s going from here.
A noise breaks the silence in the air. She’s still for a moment. Wipes away her tears, and a smile starts to creep onto her face.
The sound of feet…little feet rushing into the room. Laughter, a quick breeze rushes by and within an instant her lap is heavy. As he sits looking up at her she can only smile. This…this is why she continues. This is why she fights.
A child can change everything.
Who is she?
She is your Mother, your sister, your best friend…she is You. She is anyone who has ever felt hopeless and helpless.
She is an overcomer, an overachiever, an overworker.
She is a Mother.
ALL YOU magazine by Time Inc. is a premier smart shopping brand that helps women enjoy life for less and they are revealing the first-ever winner of the “Smartest Shopper in America” contest in their September issue. You can get yours on newsstands at Walmart stores and select retailers now or online at: www.allyou/smartshopping.
And who is the winner?
Her name is Emily Graves and she is the mother of two from Ottawa, Kansas. She works two jobs and still finds the time to track 25 different grocery and drugstore sales each week. Not only does she save money for her family, but she also pays it forward by sharing the wealth with more than 6,500 people by email so that they too can price match in their local stores.
Emily says that she never overpays. She has years of practices and knows how to tell what constitutes a good price for all of her staples. She admits though that she doesn’t need coupons. The clipping process always seemed so labor intensive. By taking advantage of the price-matching she is able to get deals on food her family loves without the hassle.
About the Contest:
People were asked to submit a one-minute video of their best saving tips. These videos were evaluated on SKILL of the savings strategy, CREATIVITY of the deal, percentage SAVED, and the video’s ability to ENGAGE the viewer. There were almost 200K votes cast on the allyou.com website and the public chose who should take home the $1K and title of, “Smartest Shopper in America”.
There were 2 runners-up, who each won $250: Alison Eisig from Gaithersburg, MD describes how she took a trip around the world for $1K and Gina Goldberg from Trevor, WI talked about how she cuts her grocery bill by strategic coupon use. You can check out all of the contestants’ videos at: http://www.youtube.com/allyoumagchannel.
And now for the best part…10 Surprising Smart Shopping Strategies from the finalists:
1. ONLINE SHOPPING: Abandon your cart right before confirming your order. Many retailers (including Home Depot, Best Buy, Land’s End and Zappos) will send coupon codes to entice you to finish your purchase.
2. TRAVEL: Book cruises through Costco to score low prices and special freebies. The runner up, Allison, received on-board credits for bottles of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries.
3. TRAVEL: Earn money at home by participating in surveys on travel-related websites. Allison shared that she scored $8K worth of flights for just $800 in part by filling out surveys on websites like ERewards.com, Emiles.com and MyPoints.com.
4. APPLIANCES: Throw out low ball offers the last day of estate sales. One contestant scooped up a $2,500 stove for $250 using this technique.
5. TECH: Check if your office supply store recycles computer ink cartridges for store rewards. One green reader was able to buy stationery and coffee by collecting $2 per cartidge.
6. DESIGNER CLOTHING: Shop thrift store warehouse sales and consign online. One Brooklynite fashionista got an entire bag of clothes (45 items) for $25 – 56 cents an item! She consigned what she didn’t want and made money.
7. ACTIVITIES: Research new and unexpected perks you might be able to unlock with your AAA card. These can include discounts at amusement parks and retailers.
8. GROCERY SHOPPING: For those new to price matching, start by focusing on ads for two or three stores per week. Keep track of the price ranges for foods your family routinely buys and never pay more than the average.
9. RESTAURANTS: Make a list of restaurants your family frequents and sign up for free newsletters or loyalty clubs. You can receive coupons by email or even through text.
10. BILLS: Don’t be afraid to change providers for everything from car insurance to Internet and cable. There might be a better deal out there or your current provider may offer a discount to keep you as a customer.
*Note: We did not receive anything for posting this info. The info was sent to us by an All You representative and we thought it was so interesting we would share it with YOU!
Are you affected by acne? Is it embarrassing you and causing self esteem problems? It’s a common skin condition that affects most people during their teenage years, however acne is by no means restricted to teenagers. As a matter of fact, adults in their 20′s, 30′s and 40′s are also susceptible to acne.
What if I were to tell you that we are about to give away an acne treatment for clogged pores and breakouts? You can stop wasting your time with skincare products that don’t deliver clear results and start fighting acne with the Baxt Cosmedical Acne Kit Level 1 easy 3 step system. The retail value is $50!
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We know how much you love Contests, so we thought we would bring you this wonderful conest on behalf of CooperVision.
First off…Who is CooperVision and what are they offering?
CooperVision is a leading manufacturer of soft contact lenses, and they want to give you the chance to WIN one of four weekly prizes that include a movie night package, digital camera, professional photo shoot, or a $500 shopping spree in addition to a 6 month supply of CooperVision contact lenses!
CooperVision invites fans (YOU) to celebrate summer with its #no2views social media photo contest! During the next four weeks they will announce a new summer theme on their Facebook page every Monday. Participants only need to post an image or photograph that best describes their unique view of the theme, but be sure to include the hashtag #no2views!
But wait, that’s not all!
We wanted to join in on the FUN so we are hosting a GIVEAWAY (sponsored by CooperVision) on our site as well!
CooperVision would like to offer one of our lucky readers a $100 SpaFinder Gift Card!
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Crafts Even You Can Do!
Do you wish you had fun new decor, but you don’t want to break the bank getting it? I know the feeling and that is why I’m about to show you one way you can turn a boring vase into a fun conversation piece.
Start by purchasing a cheap vase. You can get one at your local Dollar store.
Purchase some bailing twine and a hot glue gun (don’t forget to buy the glue). The glue gun will come in handy for future crafts, and they really don’t cost that much.
Start by wrapping the twine around the vase, gluing it down as you go. (Run the glue across the twine or the vase and press the twine down on the vase on top of the glue.
Make sure the twine is tight as you go. You don’t want any of the twine to pop out or be uneven.
Continue until you get to the top of the vase. Cut the twine from the string and you are done. You can add something fun to the vase like we did!
What do you think? This was one of the simplest crafts I have ever done!
Now this one is my favorite. It’s a vase received as a gift (you know, the ones delivered to the door when you have a baby or something special like that?) What do you typically do with those vases? I was always unsure (not that I receive them all the time or anything, but I have a couple just setting in a cupboard). I pulled one out, found a star I had sitting in a drawer (you can find these in the craft store) and did the same thing I did with the first vase, only I glued the star to the outside of the twine/vase.
I love the finished product!
What do you think?
Do you like to do crafts? We would love to hear about your favorite crafts.
“One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.”
This is a quote, author unknown, that I came across recently. It really got me thinking. How many times have I set out do do something, only to stop and turn in the other direction? Oh, I admit that I have done this time and time again. It’s time to fess up and admit that sometimes when the going gets tough…we give up.
You know what though…
Bill Cosby once said…“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
I couldn’t agree more. Too often we let the thought of failure or hard work get in the way of us doing something we really want to do.
How many times have you said you were going to lose weight? Be honest now. You don’t have to answer us, just answer yourself. Being honest with ourselves is important. Don’t try to convince yourself that what your doing is right because you know it’s not right. If you have weight to lose or a job to do, try to do it with conviction, knowing that you can do anything you set out to do…and THEN you will be able to accomplish those goals.
If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.
“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.”–(Author unknown).
These are all great quotes that one should live by.
Farrah Gray once said, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” We all have a talent. Some of us don’t realize our talents or the extent of them, but we all have one. I challenge you to start using yours.
Get up, go out and show the world who you are and what you’ve got. It all starts from within though, you must see that you ARE awesome, for how can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?
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