Today, I’d like to talk about the two most damaging words in any language, anywhere:
It makes me a little bit sad to think of all of the amazing things that could have been, had they not fallen victim to those two words. All that potential lost.
What’s worse is that it’s a self inflicted wound.
“You can’t” is a challenge.
“I can’t” is surrender – often before the fight truly begins.
What I want you to do this week is pay extra attention to not only your words, but your thoughts. See how many times you’re tempted to not only speak those words, but think them to yourself. When you catch yourself – and I wager you will…I’m pretty sure I will (Yes, I’m doing this too) – examine the focus of your thoughts and speech. What is it that you’re shutting down?
Sure there may be things that you, legitimately, can’t do: Fly, catch a bullet with your bare hand, breathe underwater unassisted.
But, again, I’m willing to bet that it won’t be something like that. It’ll be something that you’re not used to. Something new that may take you outside of your comfort zone. Something that maybe even frightens you a little bit.
Something that may change your life.
Catch yourself. Realize that you might be standing at a crossroads and that the thing you’re about to shut down, the road less traveled, might be the road you need to take.
Who knows what’s around that first curve?