Posts Tagged ‘success’

Can you change the way you think? Of course you can!

If you go into a task thinking you can’t do it, you won’t. However, if you go in to every task with a positive attitude, believing you can do it, it increases your chances of success sevenfold.

So change your I can’ts into I cans, and you can achieve so much more!

Be positive! I can’t. I can.

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Celebrate small wins

When you are going through difficult times, it can seem like a long time between good events or wins. That’s while, when you’re going through difficult times, it’s extra important to celebrate even small wins or successes – maybe completing a task, getting good feedback, accepting negative feedback in a positive way etc.

So look for small wins in the midst of difficult circumstances, because in noting even the smallest of successes it will raise your spirits and nourish your soul.


Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Remember your successes


We are all guilty at times of focusing on situations/events when things didn’t quite go as we’d hoped or planned. While it’s good to review these times and learn from them, it is just as important to remind ourselves of our successes and all the handwork and effort we put into achieving those successes.


scotland-v-poland-football-uefa-euro-2016-qualifier_3361112If there’s one thing Scotland supporters have had to get used to over the years, it’s failing even when it seemed we had succeeded!

In the last couple of weeks we suffered two glorious failures again when both our football team failed to qualify for next year’s European championships finals despite being 2-1 up against Poland with just seconds to go, we conceded a very late goal which meant there was no chance of us to qualify for the finals.

Then a few days later our ruby team faced Australia in the quarter finals of the rugby world cup. At the start of the game the odds were firmly stacked against Scotland to beat Australia, but with less than 2 minutes to go Scotland were 2 points up and looking good to win the game…but then we failed to win our own line out and then disaster, the referee scotland v australia rugby world cup quarter final 2015awarded Australia a controversial penalty which they duly converted just before the final whistle sounded.

Another two disappointments for Scottish football and rugby fans. We’re all gutted we’ve missed out, but next time round we’ll be behind the teams once again, cheering them on, regardless of how well or otherwise they do.

So c’mon Scotland, let’s not be so close and then fail again, let’s be successful and qualify!

life's failures


When you look back on your life, can you think of any times when you gave up on something, when actually looking back at it now, you were probably so very close to success?

If you answered “yes” to that question, I bet you feel disappointed with yourself for giving up when you did. Just as I said in yesterday’s blog post Breakdown, I guess it’s at times when we are about to give up, that if we just force ourselves to keep going just for a little longer, we may just make that ultimate breakthrough, and gain success in whatever we were trying to achieve.

So when you feel like giving up, and giving in to failure, keep going just for a little longer, as you never know that little extra effort may be the difference between success and failure!


A great little reminder isn’t it? Is it just coincidence that Striving and Struggle precede Success even in the dictionary…I don’t think so.

So when you are struggling or striving to achieve something which seems unreachable, remember, success is just a little bit further along your pathway.

Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing. Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there.

Ever think you’re failing because you’re struggling with something? I have in the past, however I know now that’s not true, after all, every struggle does end in defeat, so how can it mean failure?

So think about struggles as difficult times which can be a great learning experience, and ultimately lead to success rather than failure. Be positive!


Has anyone every told you that they “believe in you”?

What does that even mean? It means someone believes in your capability to complete a task or set of tasks, normally when the pressure is on.

Whether anyone has ever actually said these words to you or not, I’m sure you can understand that someone stating that to you may either give you confidence and spur you on, or terrify you and make you scared that you’ll fail.

If you are scared of failing, doesn’t that make it more likely that you will fail?

Don’ t we have to have confidence in ourselves and our own abilities to achieve difficult or pressurised tasks? Having said that, one of the worst things you could do  is be over-confident in your abilities, as just like not being confident at all, over confidence is just as likely to be your downfall when the pressure is on.

So be realistic about your abilities and be confident in them, because you can achieve your goals, and the goals set for you by others, if you have confidence in your ability.

Believe in yourself!


How many times have you to tried to do something, but either because it’s been too difficult or it’s taken too long to achieve, you’ve given up?

You have not failed until you quit trying ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

Some things time lots of practice and lots of time to achieve, and it’s through hard work and dedication that we can achieve those things. But please remember that just because something is difficult to achieve don’t give up, because when you give up and stop trying, you fail, and failure should not be a word that is part of our vocabulary.

God never gives up on us, or labels us failures, so let not allow failure to become part of our language, let’s keep trying to achieve our goals, and more importantly, God’s goals.


Philippians 3:13 (New Living Translation):

I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past & looking forward to what lies ahead.

I know the above verse from Philippians go against everything I said in Wednesday’s blog post in Looking Forward or Back? as I said:

Looking forward isn’t just about the future, it’s also about the past!

However, not that I’m now trying to get out of it, but when I said the future was also about the past, I wasn’t meaning that we should continue to look backwards, I simply meant that in order to look forward we must use what has happened in the past to help us in the future.

The above bible verse, does back this up as it tells us to forget the past. i.e. don’t live in the past, resting on past successes or despairing over failures, move on with your life and live for what is to come.

No matter what lies ahead for us, God will be there with us, and will give us the energy and the guidance to continue to move forward.

The songs Onward Christian Soldiers and I’ll Go In The Strength of The King both feature in the following music Marching Onward 07 by Brass of Praise at The Royal Albert Hall: