It was once said, “Those who say they can’t and those who say they can are both right.” Some of us don’t realize how much power words actually have on us.
Matthew 12:37 – “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Don’t be fooled. Just because words don’t have any physical substance doesn’t mean they won’t seriously impact our perception.
One secret to leading a successful life is choosing the correct words to use. Using the right words allows us to view life through the proper perspective, which helps bring out the best version of ourselves imaginable. We need words of this nature to persevere through the rough patches we all are naturally faced with, to help guide us through the terrain we will face on the journey from “success to significance.”
One word I hear used by people more often than any other word…is can’t.
If you want to live your life to its highest potential and achieve all of your goals, then eliminate this belittling word, “can’t,” from your vocabulary. Saying “I can’t” to yourself in any situation is the most harmful form of self affliction on earth. You might as well stop trying at whatever you are doing if you truly believe you can’t pull it off. Life is about breaking through that wall of “I can’t” and telling yourself that you can!
Here are 3 reasons why you never say “I can’t”.
1. Just thinking that you can’t do something instantly weakens you.
It is impossible to get through anything if you don’t truly believe it can be done. Just telling yourself that you can’t overcome what life has thrown at you a few times keeps you pigeon holed, afraid of breaking out of a boring lifestyle that has no risk and therefore no reward.
Those who tell themselves they can do something believe they can find a way, and understand that the only person who can stop them from figuring out how to find a solution to a problem is themselves.
You never truly know what you are capable of accomplishing until you tell yourself you can and you actually start trying like you never have before.
2. It can stop you from changing the world.
Henry Ford wanted to build the first V8 engine. He didn’t know how to do it, so he asked his highly qualified engineers to build it. According to them, a V8 engine was impossible, but Henry Ford wanted it. Ford would continually ask the men if they had it figured out and they would continue to give reasons why they weren’t able to build it. This went on for many months until those same engineers, who said it couldn’t be done, built the V8 engine he wanted.
Henry Ford refused to believe it wasn’t possible even though his engineers were convinced his dream couldn’t be brought to life. He pushed them to think beyond their limits. If he would have listened to everyone around him we might still be using horses to get from place to place.
The words “I can” is the reason why we live in such an advanced world. You too can change the world if you put your mind to it. In this world, nothing is impossible.
3. You already have lost the mental battle.
If you think “I can’t,” then you are setting yourself up for failure even if you try.
Believing that you can do anything is vital if you want to have any sort of motivation to take action towards a specific goal. Once you get started, your success depends on what you’re repeating in your head along the way. It depends on how far you feel like pushing yourself and breaking through any notion you have of not being able to overcome what is in front of you.
Thinking “I can’t” is like driving a car with the emergency brakes engaged. In order to get the car to go, you will have to release the parking brake; release your negative thoughts of “I can’t.”
Too often people try to achieve a goal and then wonder why their efforts aren’t paying off when what they should have done is just release their doubts entirely.
It’s time to knock the “t” off the “can’t.” When you remove the T you have “CAN”…Yes you CAN! You are able to do, make, or accomplish your goals right now!
Get up. Try again. Keep going. Don’t Quit! You are only one decision away from responding with hope instead of fear, with encouragement instead of criticism, with belief instead of despair. It’s your choice!
I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.