It’s saddening to hear the words “I can’t.” Some use this as a reactionary phrase to end the thought of doing anything hard. The funny thing is when we compare a potential task to other things we have accomplished in our lives, this new task is rather easy. We may not view it so with the complacency we’ve grown used to, but reflecting will give us clarity and prove why we should believe.
“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Think of the hardest thing you have ever accomplished. All the things you do today are likely easier than that. One day you might pass your previous mark, but for today you’ve already accomplished the hardest task to date. How then, can we not believe in ourselves?
We, as humans, have overcome so many obstacles we never thought we could. To stop and contemplate that we have such capabilities we could only dream of before, should lead us to this truth. Pick up your phone and select a contact who lives far away. Now, type a message and wait for a response. What a concept that we now have at our disposal.
Still, each day there are instances of people with simple tasks before them who excuse themselves from the tough with, “I can’t.” Excuses inhibit the growth of us as people, but they can also spread to people we influence, our children included. Confidence is contagious, as is a lack.
We didn’t think we could put a man on the moon. But, we tried, and we did it anyway. Some never believed a team could come back from a 3-0 deficit in a series, yet we’ve witnessed this. I hardly thought I could publish a book so soon after beginning my writing, but I imagine you know how the story goes. You can do it too. But we must try.
We’ve already accomplished the hardest task in our lives. Set a new record, or rest assured knowing it can’t get tougher than that. Often, the thought of a to-do is way harder than the act itself.