I Must Do the Thing I Think I Cannot Do
In life, we are made up of our actions. The actions you choose make up the experiences you have. When you think back over your life, the ideas you have, the thoughts you have had, are all based on the actions you have taken (or not taken) during your life. So if we keep just taking action we can live an amazing life, right?
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
The important actions aren’t easy. They are hard because of our fears. No one is without them. Do we choose our fears? How is it that we come to have these specific ones? In Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote she specifically says, the things YOU THINK you cannot do.
These things are based on your fears and beliefs about yourself. You may think someone else can do it, but not you. Why?
Facing those fears, and challenging those beliefs, no matter how scary, is what makes an amazing life. I believe that conquering those fears and changing those beliefs are why we are here. If something seems scary, too hard, or impossible, there is a reason why you think that. The reason is that you were meant to overcome it.
How powerful would you feel, if you conquered something that seemed impossible? What would your life be like if you knew that whatever task you set out to do could be completed, by you?
When I work with clients I see it often. When I suggest something that seems scary, I can see the resistance in their face, and I can hear it in their voice. They may act like the suggestion is not worth doing, or come up with excuses as to why it wouldn’t work or they couldn’t do it.
They are capable but not willing. We need to push past the unwillingness. But you know what is funny?
It’s so easy for me to say that. When I am on the other side, when I don’t have to do the work, it’s easy. Saying, You must do the one thing you think you cannot do” is easy.
On the other hand when I have to face my fears, I do the same thing. I resist. Saying, â€œI must do the thing I think I cannot do is different. It feels different to say aloud. It makes me responsible.
But you know what helps? Have someone else that can look at your situation and think it’s easy. Because sometimes it is easy. Have someone tell you that you are capable, because you are. Have someone tell you that even if you fail, that’s ok. Because eventually you will believe it too.
Today think of one of those fears. Are you capable? How can you be willing?
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