6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Confidence YOU CAN

"The greatest pleasure in life is
doing what people say you cannot do."
Walter Bagehot

One trait that has been with me since a very young age is CONFIDENCE. I have always been confident in sports, school and life. I love public speaking. I believe that I WILL succeed when approached with a challenge.

-College Scholarship, Bring it on

-Masters Degree, No problem

-Marathon, thank you can I have another
***(well I didn't say that until a few days later)


We all have this inner confidence but often put out our own fire before letting it burn for others to see. We put ourselves in boxes, categories, stereotypes and rest on the words "That is just who I am." Well folks I am here to tell you that YOU CAN!!

Maybe others around you have told you that you shouldn't or cant...but YOU CAN!! It starts inside with a belief in yourself then action to make that belief a reality. CONFIDENCE..


  • I win the bad blogger award this week because I have been in MARATHON event mode at work. And by the time I get home I am ready to crash. I will get caught up on reading and commenting soon. And I will update the 1,000+++ club list this weekend.
  • Quick thank you to Shelly and Beth for the amazing packages in the mail this week. During busy busy times it is such a treat to get some unexpected love in the mail box. THANK YOU!!

What do you want to do that requires a dose of CONFIDENCE to accomplish?

39 comments:

Heather Forcey said...

You are a ray of sunshine every day! Thank you for being so encouraging. I need a dose of confidence to run the 1,000 miles this year, but I also want to run a 1/2 marathon in November. Just have to tell myself I can do it!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

It fuels my fire when someone says I can't! Someone told me I could never quit smoking because *they* couldn't. Well, look at me now! :D

Melissa said...

I want to run a 10 mile trail run in March. I think I can...I think I can....I think I can...

The Jesse said...

I need a dose of confidence to run 1000+++ miles this year. And to complete my 1/2 marathon. I've pretty much been repeating "pain is temporary" on my runs lately due to my shin pains but I'm not giving up. I know I can do this. I just have to continue to remind myself that. Thanks for the great inspirational post! Have a great day. BTW, love the quote!!!

Marlene said...

Thank you for the CONFIDENCE BOOST for today. Sometimes it's nice to have someone say YOU CAN DO IT!

I want to:

-lose my vacation pudge (and more)
-meet my racing goals this year (yet to be revealed)

Becca said...

Losing the holiday weight (at least that's what I'm calling it!) and training for my 1/2 mary in May

Lacey Nicole said...

INTERVIEWS-- coming up for grad school. i'm a nervous wreck. luckily i am GIVING interviews this month too, for prospective Middlebury College students (there's an alumni interview option and i'm an interviewer for applicants who live near me). so i'm getting to practice and hearing how they respond to my questions helps me think about what i would say to the same thing. but... GAH! need that confidencE!

runninaround said...

Thanks for this Mel! I've always had confidence issues which led to years of eating disorders and abusing my body but now, through running, I've learned to love my body for what it can do! rather than how much it weighs. I just signed up for my first marathon! That's my confidence "needer" cuz at this point I'm thinking "what the heck did you get yourself into Katye!"

c.a. Marks said...

Great posts! Mine would be to work for myself; become that accomplished novelist I know I can be.

Laura said...

As usual....love this! I have been fighting a bit of a negative talk of late on my long runs as my first 30km race is coming up in a couple of months..I needed this reminder that I can do this...as long as I just keep going and believing.
thanks again.

onelittletrigirl said...

I want to find a new job. I am so scared in this economy to even try. Right now I have a tenured position with great benefits but I don't like my school or what I do. I am hoping that I can get the confidence to start freelancing in order to get my name out and therefore at least have a part-time gig doing what I love.

onelittletrigirl said...

I want to find a new job. I am so scared in this economy to even try. Right now I have a tenured position with great benefits but I don't like my school or what I do. I am hoping that I can get the confidence to start freelancing in order to get my name out and therefore at least have a part-time gig doing what I love.

Libby said...

I love that you are so inspirational!

What I need to give myself confidence for is the 1000 mile club and running my first race---on this Saturday!! Its just a 5K but I'm starting to freak out a little :/

Lois B said...

You do inspire, Mel!

I need confidence to stick with the 1000+++ miles, but so far so good. I'm averaging 3 miles a day!

RunToTheFinish said...

Yeah for confidence! My issue has been that some people perceive it as arrogance, but it's not. I just have to know I can do it so that I will push myself forward. Right now I don't have confidence in my ability to get faster like you, which is holding me back. So I'm working on it!

Megan said...

I love confidence. I have always (mostly) been a confident person. Whining & fussing only wastes time. Working hard, pushing thru, smiling, and confidence has gotten me pretty far.

The confidence my hubs has is what drew me to him. He never worries if people think he's smart enough. I love it.

Alicia said...

I'm a bit of a late bloomer. My confidence didn't really turn up until my late twenties. I'm finally feeling like I can take on any goals I set for myself. (I'm currently using my post-marathon esteem to lose a few pounds.)

Love this new me! Thanks for allowing us to feel empowered enough to admit that we're awesome and not feel bad about it. :)

Bethany + Ryan said...

oh yeah, i LOVE when people say i cant! this past fall when i was looking to break 3:30 in the marathon, this guy in my track club told me i'd be LUCKY if i ran 3:50:00!! Telling him i ran 3:29 was awesome!! (only a few minutes behind him!) he he

Stephanie Nichole said...

Heyyy yes, we came up with one. I gave the boys 3 choice and they picked... Beauty and the Geeks. :( I was really pushing for "Who invited the girl"-- but, who will understand the minds of men?!?! Thank you so much for your suggestions... next creative idea I need, I'm going right to you!!!

Happy Thursday!!!
Stephanie

April said...

Great post Mel! I love when someone tells me "you can't"! It get's me fired up enough to prove them wrong!
One scripture I live by is "I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" Thanks for the reminder!

shellyrm said...

As bloggy world knows, having my Army son leave home is currently the hardest thing. It requires courage to put on that happy face when he called last night to tell me how much he loves me and Dad. And I hear in his voice a wavering; a crack. I know he can do this. I reminded him that he is an amazing blessed person and that he is not alone. But my heart wanted to pull him through the phone~home to me!! Courage. It's not just for running races. I need and use it everyday!

I hope that we can share it with others when their supply grows thin!

runninaround said...

Oh and would you mind linking in to my Giveaway/Raffle for Ulman Cancer Fund on High Five Friday tomorrow? =)

runninaround said...

Oh and would you mind linking in to my Giveaway/Raffle for Ulman Cancer Fund on High Five Friday tomorrow? =)

runninaround said...

oops forgot the link

http://runninaround.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/monday-funday/

runninaround said...

oops forgot the link

http://runninaround.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/monday-funday/

Velma said...

Even on your bad bloggy days, you are great!

I really want to do a half ironman and to get my marathon mojo back.

Morgan said...

I want to break 4 hours at Gasparilla and make my LDR turn into so much more!

Keep on trucking Mel, your crazy week is almost over!!!

Kerrie T. said...

I was thinking about confidence the other day. I don't know why. Anyway, you totally popped into my mind. I wish I had as much confidence as you do. It's something I'm working on. :)

Stacie said...

Great post Mel :)

I need a boost of confidence to see if I can register and accomplish the 24 hour run I'm hoping to do in March. That and the confidence I need to lose the rest of the weight and set a PR for the Portland this year.

Amanda said...

Natural childbirth!! I really really want to go natural but the fear of the unknown is huge for me right now. I think I'll print that quote out and put it on the ceiling above my hospital bed next May!

ajh said...

You have the best blogs! I am not the most confident person although I have certainly improved as I have gotten older. What do I want to do that requires confidence?? I want to meet more runners at racers. I am not good at small talk and fairly quiet so it is hard for me.

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Great post Mel!

I need to gather up my inner confidence and be proud of myself and my body....sure, my stomach still sticks out a bit and I would love to lose 10 more pounds, but I need to embrace the me that is here, to have the confidence to not worry about what others may or may not think.

RunHapi13 said...

I am working with a group of homeless in Richmond to run the Monument Avenue 10k, you can read on my blog. I love yours!
-dee
http://bitsnpiecesofme-runhapi13.blogspot.com/

Badgergirl said...

Great post Mel!

I need a boost of confidence to realize that I can run my first post-Monster half marathon this spring, even if it requires training through a Wisconsin winter. :)

And professionally, I need to dig deep within myself and be confident that I do have the skills and abilities I need to put together an amazing end product during a multi-month reporting project. My bosses believe I have it; now I just have to.

Amy said...

Get up and run tomorrow.

Denise said...

I need my confidence to come through because it's the only thing getting in the way between me and my personal training certification. bleh.

Kasey said...

I struggle with confidence sometimes. I haven't always but in college I dated this guy that really did a number on the way I looked at myself and it's been tough since. Somedays I feel good and then I have my moments. I'm a work in progress. but I have to say that I am pretty good about when I say I'm going to do something I put my mind to it and I get it done- but at the same time I know my limitations and what I enjoy.

I saw that you are in the market for some good recipes? I love to cook and I'm always putting recipes on my blog. bye!

Molly said...

honestly, it's going to be this years marathon...my gut is finally in a place that I feel I can do it, and I WILL!!!

greentigress said...

To get to Marathon and beyond to 3x hilly marathons in 3 days (no i don't want to do all 76 miles in 24 hrs thank you very much) ((the next step))