It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. -Moliere
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A short time ago I became aware rather abruptly of my primary goal as
a parent. My eldest child turned 16 and with a loud cry of "free at
last", she got her driving licence. My fears were somewhat allayed
by the assuarance of her driving instructor : "Don't worry. Your daughter
is very confident." I realised there was no other single human quality
that more affected the outcomes of our lives than confidence. Only with
confidence do we tackle life's challanges with the faith that we handle
What distinguishes the confident people ?
Confident people have a philosophy about why they were created. They
have a sense of purpose, a belief, that they are important, that their
lives matter. Confident people know what they bring to the world. They
are aware of what they are good at, their special abilities. They know
that sucess, satisfaction, and fulfilment are the rewards for contributing
their gifts towards something that makes a difference. Confident people
know that the accomplishments of any worthwhile endeavour requires commitment.
They know it is only to that in which they truly believe are they willing
to be committed. If you would like your confidence to soar to new heights
there is no finer investment of your time than to reflect upon the following
Do I recognise my gifts, talents and abilities and utilise them fully
Do I view life's events as opportunities to grow ?
Do I have a sense of purpose ?
Do I vision for my life ?
Do I have an effective, satisfying self management system ?
Is there something in my life to which I am totally commited ?
Have I ever felt a personal sense of responsibility for having the
world be a better place to live ?
|Source : IT People, March 31, 1997
Author : David McNally (Excerpts)