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LET A SMILE BE YOUR UMBRELLA OR, WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY MOM AND DAD ABOUT MAKING THINGS HAPPEN

A Can-do Attitude Makes Things Happen And Guards Against "Rainy Days"
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 Let Your Smile Be Your Umbrella

(On a Rainy Day)

Whenever skies are gray,
Don’t worry or fret,
A smile will bring the sunshine,
And you’ll never get wet!

 -Music by Sammy Fain, and lyrics (excerpted from, Let your Smile Be Your Umbrella) by Irving Kahal and Francis Wheeler

My Mom and Dad made things happen. They were doers. They built more than one successful business from the ground up, on a shoestring. Looking back on it, there was one ingredient crucial to their methodology for getting beyond merely dreaming and planning. That one ingredient was belief. They each believed in their own ability to take something from an idea to a concrete, recognizable, and viable form.

Why is Belief so Important?

Because, if we don’t truly believe we can make something happen, no amount of education, training, or hard work will get us where we want to go. When we don’t believe in our own ability we are at odds with the task at hand; we tend to focus on why something can’t be done. Belief presupposes obstacles, and finds ways to work around them. Belief therefore, is what helps us tough it out through the rough patches between the goal we’ve set for ourselves, and the realization of that goal.

How Can You Tell if Someone Has a Belief in Their Own Ability?

They smile. The outward manifestation of belief is a smile, and my parents smiled a lot! I’m not talking about some phony, keep-up-a-brave-front-no-matter-what posturing. I’m talking about an attitude of cheerfulness that comes from behaving as if what you are working toward accomplishing has already happened, because you know  it will happen.

An upbeat attitude and a confident smile was  the “umbrella” my folks wielded against the “rain” of self-doubt.

For Mom and Dad, belief had the effect of channeling all their efforts in the right direction toward the only inevitable conclusion, which was the successful attainment of any goal upon which they set their sights.

So,

Whenever skies are gray,
Don’t worry or fret,
A smile will bring the sunshine,
And you’ll never get wet!

What role does belief play in keeping you motivated to attain your goals? Please share your insights in the Comments section below.

In the meantime,

Bestest to all,Cynthia Dalton signature