Confidence is not everything, there is just nothing without it.

Cordell Davenport

Confidence is not everything, there is just nothing without it.  Without confidence your kid will lose before they start!  Confidence is important in all aspects of life.  Confidence comes from:


  1. Experience
  2. Preparation
  3. Actions
  4. Commitment
  5. Self- talk
  6. Thoughts



Just like you are what you eat, you are what you think. 


  • “Your thoughts make your character.”
  • “Your life is parallel to the thoughts you have.”
  • “You are what you think about most of the time.”



Confidence, is mental.  It is a deep inner feeling, knowing that you are the master of the situation.  Here is a very old story illustrating the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking: Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential. The first salesman reported back, "There is no potential here - nobody wears shoes." The second salesman reported back, "There is massive potential here - nobody wears shoes."


This simple short story provides one of the best examples of how a single situation may be viewed in two quite different ways - negatively or positively. We could explain this also in terms of seeing a situation's problems and disadvantages, instead of its opportunities and benefits.


“If you can control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.”  ― Dr. Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro


“Your beliefs can inflate your confidence.

Your passion can invigorate your confidence.

Your goals can activate your confidence.

Your focus can direct your confidence.

Your preparation can position your confidence.

Your practice can sharpen your confidence.

Your determination can nourish your confidence.

Your courage can test your confidence.

Your character can defend your confidence.

Your friends and family can influence your confidence.

Your responsibility can fortify your confidence.”


Cordell Davenport

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