I can ……




Whether you say you can’t or you can, you’re right.”
Walt Disney Company

How you think sets your limits….Powerless people have one thing in common: they love to use the word ‘can’t‘. Maybe they have used it so often that it is natural for them but ‘can’t’ is a dis-empowering word. When ‘can’t’ is used, all progress and creativity stops. It is a declaration that there is no other solution and that is the way it is going to be.

I believe it is merely a shortcut for three possible meanings;

I Don’t Want to …
‘I can’t go to the concert tonight.’ = ‘I don’t want to go to the concert tonight, I would rather stay home and relax.’

I Don’t Know How …
‘I can not speak Spanish’ = ‘I do not know how to speak Spanish.’

I Don’t Believe I Can …
‘I can not lose weight.’ = ‘Even though I know the method for losing weight and I want to lose it, I do not believe I can lose weight.’

If you are not where you want to be, ask yourself why not? If your answer contains ‘can’t’, is it because you don’t want to, you don’t know how to or you don’t believe you can.

Next time you hear yourself saying ‘I can’t’, stop and think why and work around it. To change a ‘can’t’ into a ‘can’, you might need to:

Get more information – from books, websites or people who you know
Build up your confidence – by taking small steps
Become more determined – perhaps by finding a group of like-minded friends (e.g. a slimming club)

Admit that the only thing holding you back is you..….What would you love to do which you think you can’t manage right now – and how are you going to change that?

Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.”


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