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Motivational Monday - The Things We Convince Ourselves

There are a lot of things we convince ourselves we cannot do. Often times we get comfortable with exactly where we are, sometimes it is the fear of the unknown that holds us back, and sometimes we lack the self-confidence and sheer willpower to do the things we want to do. Our fear of failure, more times than not, is the root to the reasons why we don't start something or start something and never finish it. Fear of failure is buried below all of the things we have convinced ourselves of, as I mentioned above, and most of the time it is buried so deep that we never actually bring it to the surface. All the other ' whys " are our determining factor in the things we do or do not do. If we actually got to that root cause we would see that we convinced ourselves of so many lies.

Most of the time it takes one rejection, one mishap or misstep to convince us we will fail, so we simply stop trying. Many do not realize that those mishaps, missteps and rejection are simply stepping stones to get it to where we want to be. All too often we see these things as immediate failures rather than lesson learned. These lessons learned are what teaches us, helps us to grow and ultimately get us to exactly where we are meant to be. The problem is that rather than picking ourselves up and dusting ourselves off, we start to stare at the door that has been closed on us, focusing on the problem rather than the solution. We revert back to our comfort zone and that is where we stay. We stay there because it is familiar and we have convinced ourselves... nothing can go wrong there. By doing this we don't see all the other doors that did open for us or the doors that are about to; we focus so much on the problem that we never see the resolution. See, on the other side of what we consider failure, is success, if only we would learn and grow from the things that are trying to teach us. 


Helen Keller Motivational Quotes


Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was both deaf and blind, and earned a bachelor of arts degree as the first deaf-blind person. Helen Keller had every reason to do nothing and to convince herself of the very things we convince ourselves of every single day. She did not. She did not allow her deficits to define her and limit her. From Helen Keller to athletes whom are missing limbs, if we allow their attitudes and fortitude to permeate our lives, imagine what we could and will do.  


More Helen Keller Quotes


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.


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Comment balloon 19 commentsKat DeLong • January 07 2019 04:52PM


Hi Kat- we can be our own worst enemy, can't we. Once we convince ourselves of something, it's hard to change it. I love the quote by Helen Keller. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago

Good morning Kat. I really like the Helen Keller quote. Life isn't always fair but it isn't always good either. Mix it up.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 7 months ago

Hello Kat- - -I am glad to see Kathy feature your well-written and thoughtful post in her weekly "ah ha" post as I originally missed it.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 7 months ago

Hi there Kat - another good post filled with inspiration. Self-limiting beliefs and thoughts set us up for mediocrity - or worse, keep us stuck in a moment.  Fear and fear of failure robs people of opportunity - and joy. Glad Kathy featured this today. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 7 months ago

Good afternoon Kat DeLong ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. I missed it and loved reading your inspiring post and the quote from Helen Keller is one to always remember.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 7 months ago

Kat, I am here because of Kathy Streib  Featuring your post, and indeed what a valuable message. Yes often if we did not focus on the past we would be ahead of the game...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 7 months ago

When one door closes then we move onto the next chapter and hopefully we can do it with a sense of who we are and happiness

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. You can’t go wrong with Kathy featuring you. That’s a great privilege for anyone these days! Shout out to Kathy Streib

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

Oh, the things we convince ourselves! It’s absolutely incredible all the things we worry about that never come to pass!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 7 months ago

I totally agree. We have to take failures as opportunities to learn and grow, and then try again, a little differently. If we aren't failing, we aren't trying anything new, and our lives can become stagnant. Yuck.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 7 months ago

Hey there, Kat! So good to see you here and your post featured on Kathy Streib's fabulous finds list!

You know, Helen Keller's words still ring true today and I'm so with you on handling those closed doors in our business. I truly believe that we have to fail in order to succeed and actually looking into what we could have done differently in a situation helps us go through that open door with confidence.

Happy Monday!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

So glad Kathy shared this. Excellent post!

These lessons learned are what teaches us, helps us to grow and ultimately get us to exactly where we are meant to be.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 7 months ago

Thanks for the Monday motivation - a post like this should be featured every Monday morning!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) 7 months ago

Good morning Kat DeLong, failure is part of success, we just have to accept it and keep moving. Love the Helen Keller quote. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 7 months ago

I love this quote so much. One of my favorite biographies is Helen Keller. Such a great way to start the week with a quote from her. 

Posted by Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. (Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc) 7 months ago

Gwen,  Helen Keller was (and still is) such an inpiration to us all.

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) 7 months ago


I really liked what you had to say...been there done that a few times. Thanks for the inspiration. And that quote of Helen Keller’s is an excellent one!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 7 months ago

Love your post!  That is a powerful way to move forward when you feel stymied.  Conicidentally, my Granddaughter is attending Norther Alabama Universarity in Florence, Alabama, which was Helen Keller's hometown. I've visited her childhood home when living in Huntsville.  She has a powerful presence at NAU.  Great quote!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 7 months ago