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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  N'Golo Kante of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chelsea is on course to win the Premier League this season. At the moment, the Blues are the team to beat after some superb form under new manager Antonio Conte, who has led them nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Despite their lead, defender Cahill says Chelsea must not let their concentration and work-rate slip in the final games to avoid throwing away all their good work over the last seven months.

Cahill is right. Overconfidence can lead to self-deception. If you are too confident in your abilities, your confidence has the potential to result in disastrous consequences. Chelsea must not be too confident.

A guy called Paul puts it this way in Philippians 3:13 “…. I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Chelsea may be on course to win the league, but they have not yet achieved it. They must forget their past glory and focus on the games that lies ahead.

In an article published by Express, Cahill said, “It’s time to press on, and it’s a time where the motivation to finish the job should be there for everyone. There’s light at the end of the tunnel now and it’s important we keep working and keep focused, as we have been for 95 per cent of the season.”
He continued: “It’s not hard to keep focussed if you want to achieve what we want to achieve. We’ve done so much hard work this season to put ourselves in this position. We’ve got a few games left and it’s important that we tick them off one by one with the right results. I think we should be even more focused and even more determined because we can almost see the finishing line now.”

Paul the Apostle issued a warning in 1 Corinthians 10:12 – “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” Cahill is already paying attention to this warning. That’s why the Chelsea defender said: “No, we haven’t got one hand on the trophy yet, but we know that every game that goes by, you get closer and closer. That should give us even more determination to work so hard in training, to work so hard in games and achieve what we want to achieve. It’s there for us if we want it – and we all want it.”

You can be so successful sometimes that you may begin to think you are infallible – be careful that you don’t fall! No one is indestructible. Success can erroneously lead you to the “nine-foot-tall and bulletproof” stage. This is when you become overconfidence and foolishly drop guard.

Even when there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, remember you are only human, and confidence or overconfidence can be a pitfall. To avoid this, mix modesty with your enthusiasm, stay focused, and press on toward your goal.


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