I recently watched an amazing and heart-warming story of a young girl called Jennifer who wanted to be a gymnast. Nothing too inspiring about that, however when you consider that she was born with no legs, and brought up by adopted parents who taught her never to say ‘I can’t”. Her story is truly remarkable.
Jennifer has a positive outlook, and believes that anything is possible. Seeing what she achieved is humbling. I am now acutely aware anytime I am thinking of saying ‘I can’t’, and bring her achievements to mind, and try. Up til now, it turned out that ‘I could’.
It made me think how we limit ourselves and our lives. How many times a day do you say ‘I can’t”? Is it more like, ‘I’d rather not so I won’t try’ or is it laziness and a belief in limitation? It is as if we have conditioned ourselves to live what is comfortable, however when we go into discomfort we find our true potential.
In normal circumstance, most people would not try or even consider actualising their dreams. It cannot have been easy for Jennifer to follow her dream. Perhaps the difference is that she lived her life in possibility, and when there were no limitations put on her she didn’t consider limitations as part of her experience. She became a champion in her sport, excelled in everything she did, and all without legs.
I think it is more than being identified as someone who can achieve amazing feats without legs, it is more about having a mind that does not see anything as holding you back, and does not even consider that it is not possible; there are no hinderances to consider, perceived or otherwise.
Can you see how your mindset and beliefs may have limited you and your potential? People with ability or disability are not limited in any way, apart from their mind. More inspiration can be taken from the Paralympics, parents who lift vehicles to save their child and countless other feats that they would otherwise not have attempted had it not been a life or death situation.
“I can’t” can easily be turned into ‘how can I do this’. When the mind is directed towards possibility, it finds ways to make things happen. Similarly, when the mind is directed towards impossibility, it will find reasons why it is impossible. Do you live in possibility? Perhaps the next time you feel to say 'I can't" give it a go, you may surprise yourself.
(If you would like to see the video, I have posted in on my Facebook page which is listed in the forum. )