Henry Ford was once quoted as saying
"whether you think you can or you can't, you're right."
Mr. Ford's statement is simple, to the point and dead-straight accurate!
In order to succeed we have to give up the
Because just by saying
"I Can't" we are strengthening one of the most powerful forces of negation in the human psyche, and in so doing we are setting up a cascade of limiting beliefs that will hold us back from accomplishing what we actually CAN do.
Here's a true story of what can happen when we take the
"t" off of can't and turn it into a
In 1977, in Tallahassee, Florida, Laura Shultz, who was 63 at the time, picked up the back end of a Buick to get it off her grandson's arm. Before that time, she had never lifted anything heavier than a 50-pound bag of pet food.
Dr. Charles Garfield, author of Peak Performance and Peak Performers, interviewed her after reading about her in the National Enquirer. When he got to her home, she kept resisting any attempts to talk about what she called
"the event." She kept asking Charlie to eat breakfast and call her Granny, which he did.
Finally he got her to talk about
"the event." She said she didn't like to think about it because it challenged her beliefs about what she could and couldn't do, about what was possible. She said,
"If I was able to do this when I didn't think I could, what does that say about the rest of my life? Have I wasted it?"
Charlie convinced her that her life was not yet over and that she could still do whatever she wanted to do. He asked her what she wanted to do, what her passion was. She said she had always loved rocks. She had wanted to study geology, but her parents hadn't had enough money to send both her and her brother to college, so her brother had won out.
At 63, with a little coaching from Charlie, she decided to go back to school to study geology. She eventually got her degree and went on to teach at a local community college.
This story illustrates that we can be the biggest contributors to our own limitations.
And more importantly we can be the biggest contributors to our own Elevations.
What dream lives inside you?
You're worth it.
"I Can" see that, and I know you