Grasp Your Confidence


“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.”  -Henry Ford

 

Think about the following questions. Why doesn’t everyone believe in themselves fully? Why is it so common for people to shy away from what they truly want and believe because they don’t have this magic sense of “confidence?” Well here is my answer. Read the quote above again…

 

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Taking what Henry Ford says, we can assume that the people who think they “can’t” (can’t is the worst word in the english language, by the way) do something, don’t necessarily have little confidence, but they lack in the courageous portion of life. Why aren’t they courageous? Who knows, being courageous is something less common than just having self-confidence. But, here’s the kicker, being courageous and having confidence go hand in hand. So… If the same person who thinks they can’t do something because they aren’t courageous enough, they can focus their energy into their confidence, and they will exceed their expectations on what they can do. Well what if they have no confidence? In my opinion there is no reason to have no self-confidence. Having confidence is this meaningless word that we use to separate people from one another. I say meaningless because everyone has the confidence inside them, all of the time. How? Because every single one of us (which is now 7,055,222,832 people) is different. And just because we are different, people lose their grasp on their personal confidence. Sadly this is because of our world and society, we all have this vision of some perfect dude/dudet and what he/she looks like. This is crap. We need to open up our minds to everyone in this world. We need to be thankful that everyone is different and at least just e okay with it. And for the people who have lost a strong hold on their confidence… Get back in there and get a grip. People will look up to you for being yourself, and being something that is incredible to them. Being someone else, or being forever shy is not the way to do this. Show your confidence, live with your confidence and BELIEVE in yourself. It’s not that people don’t have confidence, it’s just that they have lost their grasp on it. Example? Here you go… When we were all little toddlers and didn’t think before doing anything (sometimes this was cute, sometimes this was worth a timeout,)  we had all of the confidence in the world. Because we didn’t think about what others were thinking, we didn’t know any better! Society hadn’t brainwashed our narrow minds yet. Open up your mind, whether you’re confident or not, and see that we are all different. But be enthralled by the fact that we are all different. Everyone has confidence, but only some choose to keep their grasp on it through the process of growing up. Being confident can open up more roads than you can imagine. You will light up rooms when you walk in. The right people will pay attention to you. You will have more fun in everything. You will be more honest and upfront. But most of all, you will find that your cheeks will be very sore. Smiling will be something you’ll do everyday.

 

Be confident, be true to yourself, and let people see and experience who you are. Don’t be bothered by the people who think differently about you or try to bring you down. They just aren’t going to be on your path to success. Stay on your true path and never let go. I’ll leave you with a quote from a song to think about.

 

“Follow your heart to the water
Fill your pockets with stone
Throw your arms around me
Never let me go” – Parkway Drive

 

This quote is saying how you need to put your all, your life, your mind, your soul, into the things you love. And never let them go if they are your true passions. With pockets full of stone, you will sink in to the water of your passion and risk everything. Do it. Be confident. Achieve it all.

 

 

-JONES

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“We need to redefine leadership”


video shared from TED.com

 

If you’ve never explored around on TED.com and looked through the abundance of amazing videos they have, please do it today. This is one is a short video that has a lot of meaning! Why is it that people view leadership as “changing the world?” As Drew tells his story, we understand that leadership isn’t always that big of a thing. It’s about being confident, courageous, honest and true to yourself. Being a leader can be as simple as being a person that one other person looks up to. Watch this video and go to the website… Lots to watch!

 

-JONES

Thank You.


Video shared from YouTube.

Every year we have “Veterans Day,” an every year I still believe veterans are still under appreciated. All of these amazing people either chose to be in the military, or were drafted into it, but there’s one common thing here… They served our country and protected our freedom. Putting our political beliefs aside, putting any negative thoughts you may have about what we do in our military, we need to come together at least one day. Today is the day we honor those who served or are still serving today. They are the reason we can wake up every single morning and smile because we can do what we want to reach our goals. They are the reason we can believe in what ever it is we choose to believe in. They are the reason that we are a free people. Heck, they’re the reason you’re reading this post right now (if you live in the United States.) Be thankful, no matter what you think about anything, be grateful.

I want to discuss gratitude. Having gratitude on a day like this should be automatic, and should be shown all day. But having it inside your heart, and showing it on a daily basis is also important in life. People do things for you everyday and sometimes we don’t even thank them. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people don’t say “thank you.” It’s the ugliest thing you can do in my book. Show gratitude and tell people thank you, even for the smallest things, it will put a smile on their face and let them know you appreciated what they did for you. No body owes you anything in life. I don’t care what you think you deserve, no body should be given anything. So say thank you, and be a decent person with some life savvy. But, there is and exception to that.

Veterans deserve AT LEAST one thank for you from every single person living within our borders. A hug from everyone who has ever believed something the chose to believe. A handshake from those who have ever pursued their dreams. The unconditional love and support from every one of us living in this great nation. They gave their lives to protect us. I can’t describe how thankful I am. And lastly. Thank you to the families of the soldiers, and the fallen heroes. Your strength and your support to help get our soldiers through their service is unthinkably difficult. But you did/do it. Thank you.

Be thankful. Not only today, but in life. Thank a veteran today. And thank your parents tomorrow. Thank your friend for helping you out last week. Take all that we are given, and let’s go do something! Be somebody!

Final Note: Thank you veterans. I cannot say it enough. Your ability to put your life on the line for us back home is the greatest thing anyone could do. And you did it without complaint. Thank you again. And to the fallen, and their families. May you rest in peace, and may your families’ hearts be filled the with happiness and gratitude of everyone supporting you on this day. Thank you.

-JONES