One of my favorite quotes from the P90X training videos goes like this.
“If you can eliminate the mindset that ‘I can’t. I can’t do pull ups.’ Forget I can’t – say ‘I presently struggle with’ and if you keep that mindset then over the course of time, someone who’s dream was to do two or three could turn it into twenty and more. – Tony Horton, P90X”
The reason I love this saying is you can replace the words “do pull ups” with just about any other phrase imaginable. And, sadly, many people do.
And no matter if it’s my children saying I can’t or a grown-up resisting the idea of 5S in their work area the problem is the same.
You see, I believe the words I can’t are pure poison. In fact, these 2 words are like a deadly disease gone viral.
The minute someone says they can’t do something others, even those with positive attitudes, are almost certainly demotivated. Worse yet, others may actually believe they can’t do something as well.
I Presently Struggle With
And while there are some things we indeed can’t do (think birthing children men) in most cases there is no reason to ever utter – or think – these poisonous words.
So, the next time you find yourself saying (or thinking) I can’t just stop. Then breathe. Then replace the words I can’t with I presently struggle with.
You, and everyone around you, will be better for it.
Do you agree?