It’s so easy to give up before we even try…especially when you start thinking through all the barriers you are going to have to overcome to accomplish something. Your head starts spinning with the “well I probably couldn’t make this work” or “I wouldn’t know how to overcome that” etc, and before you know it you’ve ruled it out without moving forward one inch on it to see. I know this because I’ve done it…I’m pretty sure we’ve all done it….
I think we’d probably attempt a lot more in our lives if our first thought when we consider something hard or scary or intimidating would be, “Is there even a chance?” If the answer is “yes” and there is even a slight chance of accomplishing it, then make the attempt! If we don’t put ourselves out there and try then there is no chance at all…we’ve assured ourselves a “no chance”…
So much of accomplishing greatness is about the head game we play with ourselves. If we can just change our thoughts in the beginning to “hey, there’s a chance this can work, so I’m gonna give it my best shot” …just think of how amazing our futures could be…
THE VICTOR (by C.W. Longenecker)
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )