Don’t Drink the ‘T’

You’ve probably all heard the quote that “your attitude determines your altitude.” (if you haven’t, remember that you’ve heard it here first) Often, it’s words that we allow to shape that attitude, good or bad. “Can’t” is one of those words that will trip you up. Can’t we take “can’t” out of the vocabulary? I’ve compiled a few passages that will help inspire you not to drink the ‘t’ (CAN’T – ‘T’ = CAN)–it’s cheesy, I know, but that’s why I’m using the inspiration of others to help me out today . . .

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That maybe it couldn’t but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face; if he worried, he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least, no one has ever done it.”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing he knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of the chin and a bit of a grin.
Without any doubting or ‘quiddit’,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done . . . and he did it!

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done.
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that await to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That ‘cannot be done’ and you’ll do it.

~Edgar A. Guest

Every time a person puts an idea across, he finds ten people who thought about it before he did—but they only thought about it. ~Alfred Montapert

Do or do not . . . there is no ‘try.’ ~Jedi Master Yoda

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing , you’re right. ~Henry Ford

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to “the can” that lies within us. ~my paraphrase of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous words

What can you do?


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