“I can’t” is perhaps the most damaging of expressions. It sums up an attitude of defeat, it gives voice to inner demons that sit inside us, who pardon our best effort. These words shackle our soul and vocalize our fears. For too many they are words used far too often.
Throughout my life I’ve seen when someone begins with “I can’t” they have already said “I won’t succeed so why try?” Overcoming that attitude is what separates those who give up, and those who press on despite the struggle.
As parents, teachers, or mentors the greatest give we can give is to tell ourselves and our young charges “we can,” but at the end of the day only the individual can determine if they can or can’t.
May this day be filled with “I can.”