If you think you can, you can!
Much has been written on this subject, yet this can be one of the most difficult concepts to integrate into one’s life. The late Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book on this exact topic. For most of us, the first thing that comes to mind is the things that we can’t do. Isn’t it interesting how the mind always wants to go to the negative before anything else. If we had our way we would run away from every problem in our lives. Yet, without problems, it would be impossible to grow.
We must therefore begin viewing problems not as inherently bad, but rather as opportunities to grow. I get together with a very successful entrepreneur who is in his seventies. Whenever we get together, he always reminds me that problems are simply an opportunity to grow. I know that he has seen his share of problems in his life, yet he chooses to view them simply as challenges that he had the privilege to overcome.
Life will deal you some significant blows from time to time. It is in these times that you will see what your foundation is built on. The Bible tells me to “count it all joy when you encounter trials of any kind, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. “James 1:2,3. There are two important truths here that successful people in life learn.
The first is that challenges or obstacles are not negative but rather positive for the person who wants success in their life. Consider the athlete who wants to make it to the Olympics. Without out stresses, obstacles and even “walls” to break through, they would never be able to come close to achieving their goals and dreams of becoming the best. The athlete will continually tell himself the he can. Without that belief, he might as well give before going any further.
This concept is essential to “win” in life. This essentially means that you have to want to live life “all out”. Most of us only go so far, and then we become threatened and go no further. When we hold out on life, then we never really get to the point to maximize our potential. However, when we decide that there is nothing that is going to stop us, then problems only become a minor inconvenience. They actually become exciting because they cause growth.
The second concept here is that everything in life that is worth having will require perseverance. This is also a concept that every dedicated and goal oriented athlete understands. Your perseverance will hinge on whether you think you can. If you think you can’t, you definitely won’t perseverance to overcome the problem or obstacle in your life. The Bible encompasses this concept in “waiting on the Lord” Isaiah tells us that “they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they will mount up like Eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not faint.”
Our strength comes from going after God with all our heart, soul and mind. It is this strength that will allow you to overcome even the greatest adversity that you could possibly face. Yes, it is true, if you think you can, YOU CAN.