Believe in Yourself

Well, I've seen the dynamic at work time and time again. In fact, I've lived it.

I played tennis in high school, and my key rival in the neighboring town was a boy named Saldania. I spent my entire senior year preparing for what I knew would be a showdown match.

Then in the spring, I met him in the semi-finals in the district championship. I won the first set six-love and was leading 5-3 in the second. All I needed to win the match was two points. Two lousy points.

At that moment, I looked across the net and thought to myself, "This guy's the top-ranked player in the district.  What am I doing?"

My confidence wavered for just a moment, and that's all it took to turn the tide. Saldania saw his chance and before I knew it, he had taken the match, and went on to win the championship. What made the difference there?

I clearly had the ability to come out on top, but I lacked the confidence to do it. Sportscasters call it "momentum" but what it really boils down to is believing in yourself, regardless of the odds against you.

It's call "confidence," and it holds the key to success or failure in life's many challenges. And by the way, if you're out there, Saldania, I demand a rematch.

With Focus on the Family, I'm Dr. James Dobson.

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