Never doubt yourself!

BY REV DR JOHN FRAUENFELDER

A recent email reminded me how encouraging it is to be told and reassured - never doubt yourself! No matter what people say, no matter what you may think sometimes, never doubt yourself.

This is certainly a message Leisel Jones has been proclaiming loud and clear as she faces the challenges of her events at the London Games. If you believe in yourself you will succeed far more than you will fail. The one who possesses a quiet kind of faith in their ability to perform a task already has the task half completed. 

The email went on to say: Believe in yourself despite setbacks, despite the seemingly immovable obstacles, despite the cold and dark, despite the woe and pain, and eventually your faith will come to fruition, and you will find all those troubles behind you. 

It’s so easy to knock ourselves because we made a mistake, to give up and say, 'I'm no good', but the more difficult thing is to believe in ourselves and constructively continue our life.

The greatest error in life is to downgrade ourselves. The most horrible tragedies in life have occurred from a lack of faith in one's own self, one's own ability, from a belief that one cannot succeed and that failure is one’s sole lot in life. 

There seems to be a self uncertainty that builds up in the mind every time one makes a mistake or fails to accomplish a task, and with every successive blunder the uncertainty grows stronger until one doubts one's ability to do anything right.

Being human we are host to a number of frailties, each one of which can disturb and depress us, and makes us doubt our worth. We are not a mechanically precise machine, we are a bundle of nerves which often tangle and get jangled, but are capable of amazing performance. 

We have more strength than we believe; there is more fight within us than we know; and far more potential than we could ever call forth or even dream of being possible. 

We are well into the second semester and the above thought might encourage all of us – students, staff and parents - to persist with the task at hand and bring it to completion.

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