Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself – Cicero
The American painter, John Sargent, once painted a panel of roses that was highly praised by critics. It was a small picture, but it approached perfection. Although offered a high price for it on many occasions, Sargent refused to sell it. He considered it his best work and was very proud of it. Whenever he was deeply discouraged and doubtful of his abilities as an artist, he would look at it and remind himself, “I painted that.” Then his confidence and ability would come back to him.
One of the great marks of leadership is the ability to instill confidence in others. Don’t be distracted by all the negativity that surrounds you. Be encouraged and place your faith in the fact that despite how things may look for you at the moment, better days are in your future.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” As you chase your dreams keep the faith. Your best days are yet to come!
© 2012 Doug Dickerson
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