(I originally wrote this article a few weeks back for entrepreneur.com, and the awesome editors there allowed me to republish it there. To see the original post, click here.)
It’s time for some honesty. Think back to the past week. When have you used the words “I can’t?” When have you shut your brain off? When have you let an attitude of failure, rather than an attitude of success, rule in your life? Transform these statements:
- Instead of “I can’t raise money for my business,” try “How can I raise money for my business?”
- Instead of “I can’t get 1,000,000 users on my app,” try “How can I get 1,000,000 users on my app?”
- Instead of “I can’t buy a rental property,” try “How can I buy a rental property?”
- Instead of “I can’t get Christopher Walken to sing karaoke at my birthday party,” try “How can I get Christopher Walken to sing karaoke at my birthday party?! (I’m still working on this one …)”
You get the picture.
Make it your goal this week to eliminate the words “I can’t” from your vocabulary. You don’t need ’em! Embrace the advice your mom gave you as a child and realize it isn’t cliche.
You can do anything you put your mind to.
“Don’t stare at the sun too long.” “Eat your dinner before dessert.” “If you keep making that face, it’ll stick.”
We’ve all heard them — those cliché pieces of advice that parents give their kids. And for the most part, we follow their advice. I eat my dinner first. I don’t stare at the sun. And now it’s my wife who tells me to stop making funny faces in public (sorry, hun!).
But there is one piece of advice perhaps told more often than anything else:
You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.
But that’s BS, right?
There are limitations. There are conditions. There are rules. There are impossibilities.
Or are there?
What if the simple answer to achieving massive success in your business was staring at you in the face all along. What if you really could do anything you put your mind to?
What if your mom was right?
The truth is, everything is possible, and if you want to achieve success in your business and in your life, you need to believe that.
Let me teach you a simple exercise. I want you to eliminate two simple words from your vocabulary and see how your business grows.
What are those words?
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