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Wait a minute. Did you say, “I can’t do it?”

Do you think you can memorize your lines?

Today is Monday. It is the start of the work week.  You get out of bed, go to the bathroom, shower, shave your face, or your legs, you get dressed, eat your breakfast, brush your teeth, warm up the car and drive to work. Or you get the kids ready for school,  you put the kids on the bus, and stay home all day. Or you get up and go to school. Or you have a bad cold, and are sick in bed today.

Everyone  has something they have to do. Everybody has a project or a goal.

Maybe your goal is to not scream at your children today. Maybe your goal is to find your glasses. Maybe your goal is to ship a product to a client.

Every since you woke up, you have been thinking about something you have to do. You have been thinking about your latest project.

You might doubt your ability. You might say, “I can’t do it.”

You wonder:

1.  Am I capable of doing this project?
2.  Will this project turn out?
3.  Can I do this?

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.
Henry Ford

My latest project is to memorize lines for a play. I am The Witch. My brain is working hard; the memory muscles are being stretched.  I have been doubting my ability to stand on stage and have the lines cemented in my brain.

Today I will change my attitude, and believe in myself. I will work hard at my project and learn my lines.

I will listen to Henry Ford, and change how I think.

I will think I can. Then I will go and do it.

What project are you working on? Do you think you can do it?

Let me know in the comments. I would love to chat.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Hannah

    I am learning to belly dance. I think I can do it, but most of the time it’s pretty difficult because of my scoliosis. My body keeps trying to send me messages that sound like “I can’t.”

    • pamelahodges

      Hannah, you can do it. Way to go and try something new, even if it is difficult.

  • Robin Patrick

    I was told to stop saying that I think I can but to just tell myself, I will. Don’t know if it works because I really don’t do it!

  • A few days ago, I took on an editing job for a man who needed an editor to “clean things up.” He had spent 9 months fervently working on a story he carried inside his head and heart for many years. The manuscript was handed to me in a 3″ binder with each page nestled between document protectors. I worked gratis on the first page and a half = 709 words, final count. I struggled with single spacing, misspellings, run-on sentences, and capitalization errors. Little did I know, this was the writer’s very first draft. He had never. Revised. Never.

    After some thought and prayer, I accepted the challenge and gave him my fee. I divided it up into 10K increments (in case either of us wanted to jump ship). There have been some major swells, and sometimes I feel like I’m sucking in water. It feels like my two mile jog, at times. Can I make it? Can I make it? Yes, I can do it. Maybe I’ll quit after the first mile. Then, I find myself half way through the second.

    I can do it.

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, you can do it. I would love to read his writing, and your editing when you are finished. Keep running.

  • Sue

    Philippians 4:13! You CAN do it!

    • pamelahodges

      Sue, great reminder. I Can do it!