If you say you can’t, you won’t.

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How often do we limit ourselves? How much do we tell ourselves “I can’t do that”? Why do we do that? Are we afraid of responsibility, success, or failure? Ok, so we could look at it two ways. If we’re talking about things we shouldn’t be doing in the first place, ie giving in to addictive behavior, poor judgment, etc. then sure, you say you can’t do that and walk away. But how many times do we have something in front of us that looks good but challenging and almost automatically tell ourselves we can’t do it. I see this with kids fairly often, but I’ve also seen adults do the very same thing. I’ve caught myself a few times since realizing this and had to think twice. We will all do it from time to time, but if we realize it we can change our course. I’m now in a Master’s program. For a few years I thought “I can’t do it, my life is too busy, my kids are too old. There’s no way I could go back to school.” Essentially I told myself “I can’t do it”. Well, not wanting to be a hypocritical father, I looked deeper into myself and eventually took the plunge. I couldn’t be happier that I did. What’s even better is that I’ve realized if I can do this, then what else can I do. It’s a great feeling. This doesn’t mean that it will all be easy, but the end result will gaining more confidence and, with any luck and blessings, more success in life.

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