I HAVE always been a great believer that hard work will eventually reap its reward.
And I don't think that has ever been more relevant than it is for the Giants right now.
We are all sharing the sense of disappointment about the number of defeats we have been suffering, none more so than myself.
But now is not the time for any of us to start feeling sorry for ourselves, however disappointed we may be feeling.
Now, more than at any other stage this season, is the time for us as a club and as a squad to stay positive.
I've been taking a very long and hard look at the body language of the players in the squad to see if any of the heads are down.
I'm delighted to report this isn't the case.
Instead, they are remaining positive, keeping their heads up and are continuing to be a pleasure to coach.
They all share my philosophy that the way to see the results start improving is by working even harder on the training field, and that's exactly what's happening at this very moment.
Right now is the time to stay confident and focus on the many positives that still remain.
For a start, we do still remain in a top six play-off spot and our destiny does remain in our own hands.
OK, two wins in our last nine games is hardly play-off form, but we all do believe that there are definite signs that we will get a great deal better before the end of the season.
Those who travelled over to St Helens on Friday may take some convincing.
But I feel the evidence is there to back this up, and that's the message I've been passing on to my players as forcibly as possible. As I say, this is the time to focus as much on the positive as we can.
Quite clearly, the start we made against Saints really couldn't have been any worse.
They were clearly pumped-up and determined to put the record straight after suffering their record Super League defeat at Leeds the week before.
Unfortunately, we had no real answer to their initial onslaught and soon found ourselves 10-0 behind.
It was then, however, that we blew our first clear-cut scoring opportunity.
If we had made it count it would have been 10-6 and we'd have been right back in it.
But we spilled the chance, gave possession straight back to St Helens, conceded a penalty and immediately conceded a try.
Instead of it being 10-6, it was 16-0 and we were up against it even more.
We went on to `bomb' three further first-half chances and by the break were 28-0 down.
But the way the boys reacted gave me the clearest indication that they still possess a great deal of self belief and spirit. In fact, in the opening 25 minutes of the second half we led 6-0.
However, to compete at the top level you need to maintain that intensity for the full 80 minutes or else you'll suffer.
The key, therefore, is to start sustaining our challenge for that length of time and to make sure we start taking the many chances we are creating.
For that to be achieved takes a lot of hard work.
MY one big hope on Sunday is that the challenge of playing against the best team in Super League helps bring out the very best in Huddersfield Giants.
A top performance against my old pal Tony Smith and his Leeds team could be just the right tonic to kick-start a successful remainder of the season for us.
I was, of course, assistant coach to Tony at the Giants in 2001 and he's gone on to do a tremendous job in his first season at Headingley.
He's got the Rhinos playing at the very top of their game and they are a threat all over the field.
In a nutshell, they are well coached, well organised and boast great players.
But this doesn't mean we're feeling daunted at the propect of our meeting.
The boys are in buoyant mood as the big day draws nearer, because it's the chance for them to test themselves out against the best.
It's also another opportunity to perform in front of the Sky TV cameras in the first game at the newly-named Galpharm Stadium!
Having said that, however, I don't expect it to be a major factor in the outcome of Sunday's game.
I also don't expect the fact it's Tony's first return to the stadium since he left at the end of last season and it's against his former assistant to be significant.
As far as I'm concerned the Smith-Sharp thing isn't an issue, and I'm sure Tony feels exactly the same way.
At the end of the day, it's what the players do on the field that matters.