changing "I can't" to "how can I?"

I cannot say it enough: in order to effect change in your life, you must change how you do things. In other words, if you change your mind, your body – and your life – will change as well. But if you continue to think and do things as you always have, then no change can be expected to occur.

Changing “I can’t” to “How can I?”

We all have reasons for why we do not do the things we know will get us closer to our goals (fitness or otherwise): I cannot walk on my lunch break because I have too much work to do; I try to eat well, but I cannot resist cookies and candy, etc.

Time to change your mind so your body and life can follow suit! The next time you find yourself thinking or saying “I can’t,” turn it into “How can I?” For example, how can you make that lunchtime stroll happen? You could: 1) acknowledge that the break from work reduces stress and increases post-walk productivity, therefore compensating for time lost while walking; 2) also improve the health of your co-workers by having meetings on-the-move; 3) make a point to bring your lunch so no time is wasted out foraging for food; or 4) walk after work instead to let go of the stress of the day. Get the idea?

“I can’t”s bind us to the status quo – if you want more, you must change the way you view them. Instead of letting them prevent you from achieving your goals, view your your “I can’t”s as opportunities for positive change. Once you begin to reap the rewards, you’ll be amazed at how long you waited to change your mind!

Having trouble coming up with creative solutions to your “I can’t”s? Call or email me and I’ll help you get the ball rolling…

Today marks a new era, and a new opportunity to live the life you want in the body you love. So listen carefully and the next time your hear yourself thinking or saying that you cannot do something, ask yourself, “How can I?”