You can do it

You can do it. That much is certain.

I am one of the blessed ones whose mom told me constantly, “I believe you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to.” That encouragement helped make me what I am today and kept me going when times were tough.

“I can do this,” you tell yourself, “because I can do anything I set my mind to.”

Here’s the secret: You really can do it. It’s helpful to have a mom to remind you, but it’s a simple fact of life: Whatever “it” is, you can do it.

That’s actually the easy part, knowing you can do it. You really can do anything.

The hard part? the rest of the moms’ affirmation of faith: You set your mind to do.

Setting your mind to do something is the most important part of the equation, because it might take years and all your strength to train your mind and body to get it done, so setting your mind for the task is the key.

But!

If you ARE willing to invest your time and energy into the learning how to do it, the awkward trying to do it and falling short, and the steadily getting better and better until you’re good enough —

Then:

You can do it. You can do anything you set your mind to.

Go ahead. Set your mind. Get started. Take the first step, then the next, and keep going. Eventually you will do it. You’ll see.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, and an insistent cat. Author of How to Play a Blue Guitar, A Bridge at Crossroads, Refuse to be Afraid, and A Scream of Consciousness.

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