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Don’t Let Failure Define Who You Are

don't be down on yourself...study and try again
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“Don’t Let Failure Define Who You Are” by Joan Y. Edwards

It is difficult to fail. It hurts your ego. It is emotionally hard to handle. However, you can handle it. Don’t let this failure define who you are.

List all the things you are thankful you can do easily and well.

Say to yourself silently and aloud: “I can do this. I know I can do it.”


Keep on trying; learn more
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Thank you. Acquire more skills and try again

Study how to succeed and try again. You will do better the second time. Learn knowledge and skills. B Become better able to perform certain skills. Become better able to accomplish goals. Gain competence and experience. Attain growth in all areas.

1. Ask a friend how to do it.
2. Search the internet on how to do what you want to be proficient at doing: https://www.google.com/.
3. Read books that explain how to do it.
4. Watch Youtube.com videos of how others do it.
5. Pay a professional to teach you how to do it.

Try again. If you fail a second time, it doesn’t mean that you are a total failure. Dust yourself off. Try again. It means you only failed at one thing.  Study, pray, and try, try again.

Success is in your future. Go for it.


Joan Y. Edwards. “7 Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up:”https://www.joanyedwards.com/2020/08/09/never-give-up-youve-got-this/

Joan Y. Edwards. “Never Give Up – You’ve Got This!”  https://www.joanyedwards.com/2020/08/09/never-give-up-youve-got-this/


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Never Give Up
You can do it.
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God

“Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God” by Joan Y. Edwards
Many times during the holidays, you may forget about God. You may be so busy getting ready for special celebrations and get-togethers with family and friends that you leave God out of it. He wants to be there with you. He wants to be a part of your ritual and routine. He wants you to talk with him each morning. He wants you to talk with him during the day. He wants you to talk with him before you go to sleep.

God wants to help you achieve your dreams. He wants to heal you of your ailments. He wants to increase the money you earn and save.
You might say, “I don’t know how to talk with God. He is so big and powerful. He won’t talk to someone as unimportant as I am.”
This is not true. God made you in his image. He wants to be a part of your life. He wants to know the things that bother you. He wants to have a relationship with you.

If you need a reminder, put an index card on your dresser. Put an index card on your pillow. Put one on the remote control for the TV. Put a screensaver on your phone that says, “Talk to God.”
Talk to God in the morning. Talk to God at noon. Talk to God at night.

God is always listening. He’s never too busy. If you call him on the phone and it seems he isn’t answering, think again. Check your ears to make sure they are open to new words from him. Check your eyes to see if they have on sunglasses that are so dark, you can’t see anything. Check your stomach to make sure you’re not eating foods that you know are not good for you. Check your feet to make sure you’re not walking into places you know are not good for you.

Ask God to forgive you for your mistakes and erring ways. Ask him to help you. Believe he will help you. He will be there for you. God’s got you covered. 
God loves you very much.

Love yourself and love others, too. Proclaim that you are a child of the most high God.

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Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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10 Steps to Triumph

“10 Steps to Triumph” by Joan Y. Edwards

This year, continue striving for goals that you didn’t achieve in an earlier year. Don’t sit on your dreams. Don’t live with I wish I had or I regret that I didn’t. Move toward your goals this year.

  • Can you measure it? You don’t want a vague goal like  “I will write more.”
  • Write your goal in the present tense beginning with:

I am….
I have…
I take time to…
I learn to…

Put all your goals on a sheet of paper for the present year. 

  • Is your goal attainable? Could anyone like you accomplish this goal? What are the advantages and disadvantages of reaching your goal?
  • Do you really want to do it?
  • Face your fears. Find someone who’s done what you want to do.
  • When you achieve a goal, celebrate and then set a new goal.

1. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom. Have faith in yourself. 

When you get your belief system straight, you realize that all events lead you to your goals. They may be interesting detours, but if you reset your beliefs and restate your goals, you’ll get there. Why do I say that? Because inside your mind, you have an automatic success mechanism. Maxwell Maltz explains this in the Psycho-Cybernetics book. Like airplanes with automatic piloting systems, when you set your goals and believe you can do it, your automatic success mechanism goes to work and takes you to your goal.  If you stop believing, it takes you in the direction of failure. Believe in you and your goals. Believe in you.

Believe in yourself. Your belief will take you to your goal. When you stop believing in your ability to get there, something happens. You crumble. In order to meet your goal, you have to stabilize your belief system so that it gets you where you want to go.The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen...Frank Lloyd Wright

Don’t feed your mind with negative thoughts. If you do, you will come to believe them...Catherine Pulsifer

2.Be ever thankful.

Be thankful for what you have. Make a long list of people, experiences, things and ideas for which you are thankful. Thank God for your skills and knowledge. If you want something different than what you have, be grateful for what you have now. Thank others when they do even the smallest thing for you.

Yogi Bhajan said, “Gratitude is the open door to abundance.”

Albert Schweitzer said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

3. Put on a positive mindset every morning and night.

Start your day being thankful and expecting great things during the day. Lay down at night with a positive thankfulness. Think that you have an abundance of all that you need. Look for the good in yourself and others. Let go of grudges and unhappiness because of something you or someone else did or didn’t do.

Having negative thoughts is human. Try to accept them and move your thoughts to something more loving and positive. Limit the time you subject yourself to the negatives. The time we live in now throws terror, fear, and sickness on television and the movies 24 hours a day. Let it go. Focus on what you want and who you want in your life. Choose love and acceptance.

4. Relinquish control. Accept it as it is.

It’s amazing how much human beings want control of things. When you don’t know how it’s going to turn out, you are afraid to venture into the “unknown.” If you know it’s going to turn out okay, then you’re willing to take a chance. It’s very powerful and healing when you say: I Accept it. It is what it is. Accept yourself and the situation you’re in now.

Many times you may use a lot of energy complaining. You’re unhappy with things as they are. You want something else. Stop spending energy resisting the way things are. When you accept the situation, you take back your energy, it creates a better path for your new and improved life to enter.

5. Meet your needs.

Make plans to improve the situation in which you live. Take action to meet your needs and improve your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial well-being. Exercise your body and your mind. Relax. Interact meaningfully with others in person and online.

6. Celebrate something every day!

Celebrate each step you take. Celebrate each new thing you learn. Celebrate when you have a plan to keep unpleasant things from happening again. Celebrate when you have a plan that works to keep you rejuvenated and full of life. Help others celebrate, too. Fill yourself with as much joy as you possibly can. There’s one thing about joy, it is contagious. It spreads from you to another person. Sit at a window and rejoice that you are comfortable.

It is great to celebrate any time and every possible moment in your life. Oprah Winfrey said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

7. Love yourself and others.

Be loving to yourself. Reach out to others in kindness.  Help someone do something they can’t do for themselves. Teach someone a new skill so they can do it for themselves next time.

8. Take a small risk outside of your comfort zone.

Try new things, travel new places, learn new skills, improve rusty skills, rekindle forgotten goals.

9. Invite your family and friends to join you in an activity.

It can be an activity you loved doing as a child, one you enjoy now, or a new one you’d like to try.

10. See situations with different eyes. Get a different perspective.

Look at a situation from the other person’s point of view. Pretend you’re on a star and look down. Pretend you’re an ant and look up. If you’re older, imagine what it would be if you were younger. If you’re younger, think about what it would be like if you were older. If you have loving parents, think about what it would be like for an orphan. Look at your goal like you’ve already achieved it.


  1. Brainy Quotes.  “Believe in Yourself:”http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/believe_in_yourself.html#8WmP1bXCydDPA7xX.99
  2. Christina Diaz. “Thankful Quotes:” http://www.the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com/thankful-quotes.html
  3. App Advice. “Habit Building Apps:” http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/habit-building-apps
  4. Linda Andersen. “A Writers Playground” gives many reasons and ideas to celebrate:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/

Thanks for reading my blog. Feel free to ask questions and share your ideas in the comment area. I’d love to hear from you!

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards



Put a Positive Spin on Your Feelings

Look for the Good image Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

“Put a Positive Spin on Your Feelings” by Joan Y. Edwards

“Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!”
― Mike Dooley

Your thoughts control your emotions. Your emotions control your attention. Your attention Interprets the experiences you have every day of your life on a path as negative or positive.

Many times you base your present situation in view of what happened to you in the past. You close the door to new interpretations and may miss many good things in life because of it.

You base your present situation against your goals as either being success or failure. Not as a possibility of being on the path to success not yet achieved.

You give interpretations of things as being bad, when they are not inherently bad. Only in your mind are they bad. Hating the rain and saying it is bad is an example of that.

There is more than one interpretation of most things that happen to you and of words that people say. You interpret the situation according to the emotions and thoughts you’ve been having all day long or from the past.

A.  The doctor gives you a bad report on your health

How do you interpret that?

  1. You knew it was going to be a bad report.
  2. You’re going to die in 3 months like they said.
  3. There’s no way you’re going to get better.
  4. You don’t like to take medications.
  5. You’ll exercise and your health will improve.
  6. ???

B. Your husband brings you flowers when he comes home.

How do you interpret that?

  1. He was being loving and thoughtful.
  2. He was just being nice to cover up something bad he did.
  3. ???

C.  A driver starts to come over in your lane.

How do you interpret that?

  1. The driver is drunk.
  2. The driver is talking on the cell phone.
  3. The driver didn’t see you in his side-view mirror.
  4. The driver has it in for you.
  5. All drivers on the road are bad.
  6. ???

How do you change the emotions and thoughts to a more positive joyful things?

  1. Pray. Talk with God. Tell him your fears. Tell him your dreams. Ask and you shall receive. Believe and it will be given unto you. Ask God to help you look at it in a different more positive way. Look for the good, you will find it.
  2. Love and accept yourself as you are right this moment.
  3. Count your blessings, one by one. Make a list as long as you can make it of all things for which you are thankful. I am thankful for the following:
  • God who made you
  • My family to love you in spite of your flaws
  • An abundance of friends to support and cheer you on
  • An abundance of money
  • An abundance of good health
  • An abundance of food to eat.
  • A warm house in winter; a cool house in summer.
  • A comfortable bed
  • A washer and dryer to keep your clothes clean.
  • Flowers to make your yard pretty.
  • A good, dependable car to get you from place to place
  1. Read aloud affirmations for ten minutes every day:
  • I am calm.
  • I am healthy, wealthy, and wise.
  • I am happy.
  • I have an abundance of money.
  1. Listen to soothing music.
  1. Exercise to music.
  1. Take a long walk
  2. Talk to a friend or family member who will be compassionate about your concerns
  3. Write a letter to yourself about your concerns. Write out options of positive steps you can take.
  4. Watch an inspirational or funny movie.

Start over

  1. Pray. Talk with God. Tell him your fears. Tell him your dreams. Ask and you shall receive. Believe and it will be given unto you.