Why We Don’t Really Try

I. Just. Can’t. Even.

“I caaaaaan’t!”

Any parent has heard this familiar refrain. Usually, it’s in a situation where the child absolutely, 100% CAN do the task. You know, something like…

“Pick up your shoes.”

—“I caaaaaan’t!”

“Give that to me, please.”

—“I caaaaaan’t!”

Or the classic, “Tell your friend you’re sorry.”

—“I caaaaaan’t!”

But here’s the thing. Sometimes, the little voice inside your head and mine sounds just like that toddler. We have goals, ambitions, dreams. We even craft a plan to get there. But before we can get too far down the road, sometimes even before we take that first step, it happens.

“I caaaaaan’t!”

So we wait. And plan. And plan. And wait. And we miss yet another opportunity.

Can I let you in on a secret?

You can.

Let me say that again for the back row.

You can!

Of course you can, and I can, too. 

But how many dreams lay by the wayside of your life, discarded by a person who was defeated before she began? How many paths unexplored, simply because a mountain loomed in the distance?

So why have you slowed your pace? Charge the mountain! It may be hard. Really hard. Okay. It’s not the first hard thing you’ve done, and it won’t be the last. But you can do hard. Just. Get. Moving.

Where is the woman you want to be? The one you were created to be? What does she look like? How does she think? How does she feel? What does she reach for?

She’s waiting for you.

Start today. Let nothing stand in your way. Make things happen.

Like, right now.


<3 Julie

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