“Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Victor Frankl
All of us at some point in our lives have said to ourselves or others, ‘I can’t.’ So try an experiment with me. Say ‘I can’t’ three times to yourself. How does that feel?
Now say to yourself three times. ‘I won’t.’ How does that feel?
Can you feel the difference? ‘I can’t’ feels weak and hopeless, whereas ‘I won’t‘ feels defiant and strong. The power of our thoughts and words have an enormous effect on the way we live and how we succeed through life. When we say ‘I can’t’ we really are saying ‘I won’t’ and when we take responsibility for that, we will understand that the power and strength behind the words, ‘I won’t’ can easily be shifted into the power and strength of ‘I CAN!’
Try it next time you want to achieve an important goal in life or work through a difficult time. Remember we always have the power to choose what we think and what we say, and there lies our growth and our freedom.