Wednesday, August 17, 2011
"Can't" never did anything
So we're talking exercise, and most people at work know I run. Further, most of them also know I'm training for my first half marathon coming up on October 1.
I always find it amusing the sort of reactions I get out of people when I say I ran 9 miles last Saturday. Or that I have 11 miles coming up this weekend as part of my training plan. Their eyes get big and round, and they sort of stammer out "Oh, I don't run. I can't run."
Really? You can't run?
That's the thing about running... the more you run, the better you get.
But the reason I can run that far is because I told myself I could. Or even that I might. Just not can't.
I don't take "can't" for an answer. I'll accept "won't" - at least then you're taking responsibility and making a choice. But when you say you can't, you are cheating yourself of the opportunity to even try.
Another one of my co-workers has a quote in the signature block of her email that I really like. It says, "'Can't' never did anything." True that.
So whatever it is that you're doubting you can accomplish, get out there and try it. Tell yourself that you just might be able to do it. You will probably be surprised with the results.