Once my boys learned to speak, if they uttered the words "I can't" when trying to do something, I always told them that "can't" means "won't." Hearing my son repeat my words to a struggling teammate this winter made me something beyond proud. He believes.
Tomorrow I'm running in a group run for fun. It's not a race but it's a good distance for the first run of the season... so I am already setting my mind. If you struggle with your goals and if you doubt, and if you are afraid you aren't strong enough, and if you think that you "can't", tomorrow I run for you. Because anyone can.
This is something I'd like my kids to remember and live by. It is absolutely true. (I didn't write it.)
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think that you dare not, you don’t;
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost certain you won’t
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;
for out in the world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise;
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the strong or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.