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You Can Do That But I Can’t

Photos courtesy Richard Bryant

Photos courtesy Richard Bryant

Photos courtesy Rich BryantWherever I go I never cease to be amazed to hear people say, “You can do that but I can’t.” They may be referring to learning a new skill, going back to school, starting a business, or anything they haven’t done before. My experience has been that everyone has the ability to set and achieve goals for themselves. I truly believe that if you can envision a goal, are willing to work for it, and feel that you deserve the rewards of your efforts then you can achieve that goal and more.

Yes, I agree that there are some physical and financial limits to what you can reasonably expect to achieve, but don’t let that stop you from thinking big.

What have you wanted to do that you have been making excuses about? What do you see others doing that makes you say to yourself, “That looks like fun, but I could never do that.”

As I write this, I am returning from a four day road trip from North Carolina to Florida with My Scuba Adventures. Our group consisted of 21 ordinary people from age 10 to 60+. We ventured to Florida to snorkel and SCUBA dive with the manatees. Five of the group finished their SCUBA course on the trip and returned as newly certified SCUBA divers! Every one of us could have made excuses as to why we couldn’t make the trip. We could have blamed finances, said we didn’t have the time, couldn’t get away from our families, or needed to be in better shape.

What’s the difference between anyone in the group and you? In my opinion, nothing. Among the members of our group were a family with young children, three diabetics, a married couple, a single mother, a recent widow, college students, a retiree, and a person with Parkinson’s disease. No one was wealthy or won the lottery to be there.

The one thing we all had in common was a willingness to overcome our fears and personal challenges. We stepped out of our comfort zones to do something new and enjoy ourselves. What will it take for you to decide that it’s time to step out of your comfort zone?

The New Year is generally a time when people examine their lives and make plans to fulfill unrealized dreams and goals. Make a promise to yourself. Never again say, “You can do that but I can’t.” Instead say to yourself, “That looks like something I really want to do, and I’m going to figure out how I can do it.”

One Response to “You Can Do That But I Can’t”

  1. Reha London says:

    Sooooo proud of you. A really inspirational message. However, I’ll pass on this one! I’ll stay above sea level to fulfill my dreams.