By Charles Towne

Believing that you can do something is one thing, but doing it is quite another.   It seems that self doubt is much more common than self confidence these days and when it comes to

Charles Towne is a caregiver for his wife Nancy for the past 15 years.
Charles Towne is a caregiver for his wife Nancy for the past 15 years.

believing in themselves, most people are agnostics.

So often when we set out to do a particular task, whatever it is, right out of the gate we believe that we are going to fail, consequently, due to that belief, that self doubt, that self talk, our belief is a self fulfilling prophecy, and we fail.

I was visiting with a friend today. He is moving several thousand miles away to create a new endeavor that he is assuredly going to achieve success in, but as we visited he started talking about what he is going to do if his new enterprise doesn’t work out. I listened to him and when there was a lull in the conversation I said, “What you say is what you get! He looked at me and said, “what did you say?” And I repeated myself, “what you say is what you get!” And then I said, “Negative self talk has caused far more failure than success.”

I think he got it.

I don’t believe that it is a lack of knowledge that makes people fail, nor is it the difficulties they may encounter in the process, no, it is a lack of self confidence, their failure to believe in themselves. You are a child of God. We, God’s children, are called to success not failure. You can do whatever is good and in God’s perfect will. We have failed, all of us, but we can change the patterns of failure to those of success. Remember, there are no hopeless situations, the fact is that we have grown hopeless about them. All of us, that is you and I, have the seeds of greatness within us just lying dormant waiting to germinate and sprout and grow into trees of glory and beauty. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight oh God, my strength and my redeemer.

Live fully,
Love openly,
And make a difference, today

Charles Towne is a longtime resident of Apopka, and a member of  Insp!re Church. His book on caregiving “Who Cares” will be published soon. 


  1. Yes, yes, yes! We have no idea how important our own words are to ourselves, let alone to those we interact with! And we can be such an encouragement and inspiration to others Finally, brethren and sisters, whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think (and talk, i would add) on these things

    I believe Charles Towne’s articles exhibit these elements. I applaud your publishing this type of submissions!


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