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You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To

You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To: As my daughter gets older (she’s 4 now) there seems to be a common theme to a lot of our recent conversations. Each and every time she starts to do something that’s a little bit hard she throws up her arms or declares that she can’t do something.

Nora Dressing Herself:

  • Nora — “I can’t do it”
  • Me — “Just try, put your feet in there with the tag in the back”
  • Nora — “I can’t do it (puts both feet in same hole and pulls up)”
  • Me — “Try it again, put both legs in, sit down and pull them on if you want”
  • Nora— “(sitting down) I can’t do it”
  • Me — “Just try, then tell me you can’t do it”
  • Nora — “(doing it) I can’t do it”
  • Me — “What do you mean you can’t, you just did it!”
  • Nora — “MOMMY, LOOK … I DID IT!”
  • Mommy — “We told you that you could, you can do anything!”

Nora Riding Her Bike:

  • Nora — “I can’t do it”
  • Me — “Can’t do what?”
  • Nora — “Make it up this hill, I can’t do it”
  • Me — “You can do anything you set your mind to. I don’t want to hear “I can’t” until you really try.”
  • Nora — “I can’t do it”
  • Me — “You can sweetie, keep it up, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”
  • Nora — “I can’t do it”
  • Me — “Look, we’re at the top and you did it!”
  • Nora — “I DID IT!”
  • Me — “I told you that you could, you can do anything”

I used to be someone who constantly doubted their physical and sometimes even professional potential. Whether it was if I could lose weight, run, ride long distances, or lift a weight … I’d constantly tell myself I couldn’t do something and talk myself out of it.

  • I’d talk myself back into sleeping another hour instead of working out
  • I’d tell myself I couldn’t run any further because I’m breathing too hard
  • I’d convince myself I didn’t have time to workout, or to track smart points, I was far too busy
  • I knew there was no way I could lift that weight, it was too heavy
  • I’d swear I was going to start working out tomorrow, today was a waste

But that all changed when I realized one day that I was getting older and that every year, every day, every second I told myself I couldn’t do something I got that much closer to the grave. I was actively ensuring that I would continue to be the person I didn’t want to be … that I swore I wouldn’t be.

“The only difference between a rut and a grave is their depth.” — Gerald Burrill

I had convinced myself that I was already in that grave when in fact I was only in a shallow rut. Once I took the first step and got myself moving everything started falling into place. The pounds fell away, the miles started ticking off, and the muscle started coming back.

You know what, sometimes my daughter really can’t make it up the hill but that’s what I’m here for. As her father I’m here to help her up that hill, to continue to support her as she gets stronger, and to make sure she always keeps trying to climb it because some day she will make it up and surprise herself.

I write here in this blog not only to keep myself accountable and motivated, but to help you get up your hill(s). To be here and help you up when you thought you couldn’t make it. To convince you that you can do more than you think possible.

You are a stronger person than you give yourself credit for.

Don’t let anyone, especially yourself, tell you that you can’t do something. You can do anything you set your mind to. Now get out there and prove yourself wrong!