Can’t

Have you seen the brilliant “We’re the superhumans” trailer on Channel 4 for the upcoming Paralympics?

I dare you not to be moved. It’s inspiring and uplifting to see the lengths that people go to, to overcome and achieve something. The title of the song is ”Yes, I can” but more often than not our response is ”No, I can’t”.

That’s usually followed by someone saying the rather clichéd line: ”there’s no such thing as can’t”. There are definitely some things we physically cannot do — like touching your left elbow with your left hand — then again the internet is filled with counter-examples so I’m probably making a baseless assertion here too. For example, if you have no fingers you can’t possibly play the piano. Except this guy can…

Shay Carl says that the “secrets to life are hidden behind the word cliché” and when it comes to the power of our minds and our motivation I think that is true. You might need to work damn hard and work harder than others but you can do it. It’s a function of how much you want it and relentlessly practicing or working until you achieve your goal.

Henry Ford said:

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t - you’re right.

So what have you told yourself lately that you can’t do? Or maybe you’re making an excuse because you don’t really want to do it. In which case be honest with yourself, stop telling yourself you can’t and move on.


Got any questions or comments? Drop me a message on Twitter (@elaptics).