If you're an eternal optimist, you may not have trouble ridding yourself of the "Can't Mentality". But for those who may call themselves realists or even pessimists, this idea may be difficult to adopt. If we are prisoners of the "Can't Mentality" we are constantly holding ourselves back from possibilities and opportunities. We may think we are too over-weight, too old, too young, too tired, too busy ... then we fall into the trap of saying, "I just can't," for many great experiences we actually could have had.
Here are a few ways to rid yourself of the "Can't Mentality":
1. Change Your Mindset
The first step in combatting 'I can't' is to say 'I can', or, at the very least, 'I think I can'. Consider the possibilities and what you could do to make them a reality. Also consider that you are the one holding yourself back. Circumstances play a large part, but you have more control than you may want to admit. Have you always dreamed of hiking Mount Petit Jean? What about skiing in Colorado, going kayaking at Lake Norfolk or hammocking at Craighead Forest Park? No matter how big or small the experience, there are ways to work toward making it a reality. Maybe your opportunity requires setting aside some funds every month. Maybe you would need to take a class or borrow some gear. Think of small ways you can begin making that dream a reality. Start by saying 'I can' or 'I think I can', and adopt a mindset of making progress instead of tackling everything at once.
2. Take the Next Step
What did you decide? Is it a budget issue? A time issue? A gear issue? Find ways to slowly make progress. Save your Starbucks money, find a friend to borrow some gear from, maybe even get on the treadmill and walk for five or 10 minutes. Whatever it takes, tell yourself you can and then pick one thing to make happen. Stop depending on when you feel like doing something, and take the next step.
3. Remind Yourself of Other Victories
What have you done in the past that you could use as encouragement going forward? Have you ever gotten the job, done something similar, helped someone else achieve their goals, fixed something that was broken? Don't minimize what you've achieved in the past. Encourage yourself that you can by remembering what you've already done.
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