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Put your best foot forward!

best; foot; forward; try; hard;


Putting your best foot forward is another way of saying 'try your hardest to do your best'.


Well, why not!  
try your hardestThink about whatever you are doing, school work, jobs at home, sport, learning to play an instrument etc. If you are doing it anyway why not try your best?

If you are not trying to do your best then, whose time are you wasting?

We all have different talents and abilities. There are very few of us who can excel in everything we do. But we can all take pride and satisfaction in knowing that we have done our best.

It's a great 'feel good' feeling!

Who would you rather have in your sports team, your friendship group, your project group or even in your family? Someone who 'can't be bothered' or someone who you can rely on to try their very hardest to carry out whatever task they have been asked to do?
well done!!

10 tips for doing your best

Click on the topic to find out more about each tip. 

  1. Get clever. Getting clever
  2. Learn to be a good listener. Social skills
  3. Be resilient - don't give up too easily. Resilience - don't let things get you down.
  4. Be your own boss. Peer group pressure
  5. Practise your skills. Homework - get into the habit.
    yes, I did it!
  6. Take responsibility for yourself. Stick up for yourself - being assertive
  7. Set yourself some goals – and stick to them. Goal setting
  8. Use good manners always. Good manners
  9. Respect yourself and others. Respect – a way of life
  10. Be competitive - against yourself. Managing your feelings
    respect yourself and other

There are many topics in the 'Your Family' category of this site that may help you to do your best in the family group and you can find out more about doing your best to be a good friend by typing friendship into the search box.

What some famous people say

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." Ralph Waldo Emerson. American poet 1803-1882

"Try and fail, but don't fail to try." Stephen Kaggwa

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." - Michael Jordan

"There is water in every lane, so it is OK." Ian Thorpe on drawing lane five for the final

"Put your future in good hands - your own." - Author Unknown

What kids say

  • don't stop doing what you love"Don't stop doing what you love to do because someone says you're bad at whatever you're doing. Just enjoy doing something as well as you can." Christine 
  • "If you think that you are not going well then think of something that makes you happy. Take that happy thought and use it to cheer you on and help you do your best" Emma
  • "Always try your best because if you don't you will never know what you can do." Taylor
  • "If you're in a race and come last it doesn't matter because you tried hard and had fun." Taylor
  • "Always give 100%. Don't give up until you really try your hardest." Josh M
  • "I was proud when my netball team played the hardest team and we won. Everyone cheered us because it was the first game we had won!" Emily
  • "Trying something new can be scary at first. Keep trying and once you get the hang of it you'll wonder why you were scared." Natahlia
  • "I don't mind how bad my team is so long as everyone is trying their best. Some people don't try and we could be heaps better if everyone did. What's the point of doing something if you aren't going to try hard?" Zoe  
  • "If you don't get something first time then try again." Nathaniel
    try your best!

Dr Kim says

Dr kim
All people like to feel good about themselves.
It's good when others say "Well done", but even better when you can say that to yourself and know that you did your best.


"He's an overnight success."
"She's an instant star."
If that's what you are waiting for,
then you won't get very far.
Behind each truly famous person
lies work, for years not hours.
They've worked towards their goals
through thorns as well as flowers.
And every time they failed   
they got up and tried once more,
or set a different course                  
to reach that distant shore.
So work out what your goals are,
plan the steps you need to take,  
feel proud of your achievements,
sacrifices that you make.
We cannot all be famous,
more successful than the rest.
But, we all can feel the joy
of having done our best.

work towards your goals

I'm nervous but I'll try my best
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We've provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.


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