By Barbara Haubrich-Hass, ACP/CAS
I admit it. I have been guilty a time or two of saying, “I Can’t Do That.” It doesn’t matter what it is that is blocking you from saying “I Can Do That.” It could be a career change, a personal life decision, or simply just trying something new with a friend.
I have noticed that people are more apt to respond with a negative before they ever think of responding with a positive. It’s a frame of mind. I think that when people say, “I Can’t Do That” they are really saying, “I am scared to try that,” or “What if I fail?” or “What if I am rejected?”
I don’t feel comfortable speaking in public. I would much rather sit behind a computer and write. I hold onto that PowerPoint clicker as if my life depended upon it. If I lost it, I wouldn’t be able to think or talk! But I set public speaking as my goal for the mere fact that it is something that I need to overcome.
Almost everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln. Here was a man whom anyone would have said had no future at all. His family was poor, and he had little encouragement to succeed. The pattern of his life is a monument to the “Can Do” attitude: