If you are anything like me, then it’s not uncommon for your mind to be spinning with new ideas, goals, or dreams. In many ways it can get overwhelming as you think through each possible scenario, determine the process to get from point A to point B, decide if this idea is worth the time, effort and (potential) money.
I don’t just mean this in the sense of business or entrepreneurship; I mean this in the sense of everyday life, with our health, our fitness, whatever goals you may set for yourself on a daily basis.
I’ve mentioned a few “secret” projects lately and when I say that, it’s not because I’m trying really hard to be secretive or because I’m just trying to leave you all guessing; it’s because I’m still in the process of determining whether or not these things truly are possible and within my reach.
With that said, the first step in doing so is to clear your mind of can’t.
Looking to do your first pull-up? (Me too) Don’t say you can’t!
Want to publish a book or short story? Don’t say you can’t!
Trying to figure out how to start your own business? Don’t say you can’t!
Working to save money to pay back a debt owed? Don’t say you can’t!
It all starts with that simple change in your mindset.
I get that all of those things aren’t easy; I get that you may have things on your list that you’re working towards that I didn’t mention, but regardless of the scenario, it all starts with our mindset. If we’re clear, if we keep our eye on the prize and if we truly believe that we CAN, then we are already one step closer to actually getting there.
Let me say that again, just in case you missed it…
If we truly believe that we CAN, then we are already one step closer to actually getting there.
So clear your mind of can’t; remove can’t from your vocabulary; and now see how much closer you already are on your journey.
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What goal are you working towards that could benefit from this mindset change?
Do you have any other mantras that help you get closer to achieving your dreams?
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud.
I think Shel Silverstein said it best…
Listen to the musn’ts, child,
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts,
The impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves,
Then listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child,
Anything can be.
Shel Silverstein, “Listen to the Musn’ts”
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I’m not the same way. I usually keep things to myself, because I want to make sure if it is something I want to pursue and/or if it is possible. I think we all should start reminding ourselves that we can!
It’s like you read my mind!! Write a book, pay off a few things, hit 15k monthly page views/grow blog, get in shape, etc!! Goals! And intimidating!! But I CAN do it, right?!
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SO important to remember this an every aspect of our lives— I have to make extra effort during workouts.
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This is something I really need to do more!
On a similar note, one thing that I’ve started saying to myself lately is “I don’t.” It’s a more profound, declaratory way of restating the good you’re trying to do for yourself. For example, I’m trying to cut back on sweets, so instead of thinking and saying to myself “I can’t have chocolate,” I will say “I don’t have chocolate.” Isn’t that much better? It’s not about what you’re missing out on, but focusing on the foundation you’re trying to keep strong within yourself.
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Love this! I’ve definitely let that word hold me back sometimes, especially when someone else tells me I can’t do something. Thanks for the motivation!
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I love your post! I get quickly overwhelmed by things, and it helps greatly to stay positive and focus on one task at a time.
Such a powerful message! I occasionally find myself wanting to give up or say I can’t do something, but I always try to stay positive and optimistic. I love the saying, “dreams only die when you let them”.
This is a great post! Such a positive outlook!
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Love this! As a coach, fitness instructor and mom I hear “I can’t” so often! It’s hard to rewire people to think they can but it’s amazing what a positive mind can do for you. I always tell my son, he’s a can doer when he tells me he can’t. It almost always works too! Great post!
I’m working on doing more writing for pay and it can seem daunting. I am guilty of thinking that I cant do things. Thanks for the encouragement!
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Such an important message! We can all use reminders to be more positive, especially when it comes to ourselves! 🙂
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Such an important message! I remind myself to never think of “I Can’t” when I’m running because the mind is so powerful and actually tricks you into thinking you can’t do something–but you CAN!
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Girl, you just spoke some truth into my life. Thank you! I am so bad about negative self-talk. I tell myself I can’t ALL. THE. TIME. and it’s really harmful. I’m going to take your advice and start telling myself that I CAN!