“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” – Anthony Robbins
Our minds are powerful things. They can convince we are strong and capable or they can convince us we are weak and incapable – and ironically it is us who makes the choice about which way our minds will take us.
One thing that has always helped me to accomplish things is to visualize the end result of what I am trying to accomplish. I think that is why whenever I am taking on a new project I create a powerpoint presentation that includes images in the likeness of what I am trying to do. When I can visualize it as if it is already done it helps my mind recognize that I really can do it. I’ve done this for every business I’ve had, for the dream home I built, for the houseboat I designed, for the charity I started, and for every big undertaking I’ve ever taken on. Each time having that visual of the end result has helped me to know that I can actually do it. It allows me to visualize it as if it has already happened and for whatever reason doing that genuinely works!
And remember the words of this poem by Walter D. Wintle:
The Man Who Thinks He Can
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are:
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.
Have a great weekend!
~Amy Rees Anderson