“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph” – Anonymous
I love this. It’s a great line to pin up on the board for the beginning of the new year and new you.

It makes me think of two things, the first being the photo finish of a race – where it is a split second, a nose, which is all that makes the difference between 1st and 2nd place. A little umph at the end of the race can make all of the difference.

The second thing is when you give up (and thereby fail) at what you are trying to achieve. Visualize that you are stretching out your hand to grab it, you almost have it. Your fingers are barely touching it and you just need a little umph to get your fingers over the edge and and pull the object to you. As you stretch just a little bit further straining all of your arm muscles, you become frustrated and pull back, saying “this will never work”. Then the negative voices chime in agreement and we stop trying.

Whether it is Winston Churchill chiming in your ear, “never, never, never give up”, or the little red engine chugging up the mountain, “I think I can, I think I can” or even Yoda “no try, do or don’t do”; we need to have something in our toolbox that helps us gather our energy and put a little umph in our lives to help us along lifes journey.

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.