"It isn't how hard you kick -- but how you kick." My daughter, Samantha Good morning! When Samantha was 11, she took a day camp program through the Milwaukee Public Museum about archaeology. As part of the day-camp they have group activities and group sports. I had been out of town for 5 days so tonight we went out for a "girls' night" to catch up. She was detailing the camp and the different students and the daily structure of the program. Sammy is a wonderful child although she is not naturally athletic. However she has learned that even with sports, part of it is natural talent but part of it is what you do with what you have. With that mentality, she has learned to excel. It was difficult for her because she had to survive being the last person picked and use confidence and positive reinforcement to overcome the opinions of others and shine anyway. In this particular camp there is a girl who is also not naturally athletic and was very nervous about the group sport activities. During kickball she would often miss the ball completely or just punt a few feet and was constantly "out" without making it to base. Today, Sammy pulled her aside and said, "You don't have to be naturally good at sports or super athletic to be a good player. It isn't about kicking the ball hard or with force, but with confidence. Bring confidence to your kick and the ball will respond." (This is literally how she talks in case you were wondering-she has a vocabulary and way of saying things that blows adults away. In fact while I was gone I asked her why she was upset on the phone because she sounded bothered and she said, "Mother I am upset about multiple issues.") Back to our kickball story - so this girl went up to kick and took Sammy's advice. She kicked the ball hard enough to make it all the way to second base. Then she ran with confidence on the subsequent teammate kicks and made it to home-plate for her first time. Your Turn: Where in your life have you been thinking you need some "secret to success" or special talent to achieve the results you desire? Try following an 11-year-old's advice. Approach your goal with confidence-- you will be pleasantly surprised at how it responds. Use confidence and positive reinforcement to overcome the opinions of others and shine anyway... then make it to "home plate" for the goal of your choice. Your Affirmation: I approach my actions and goals with confidence.