Before sitting down to write this, I was reflecting on what I was going to share with you today. I was thinking about mindset and awareness and the power of thoughts and it didn’t take long before the obvious hit me – I had to share a recent experience of my own when, quite literally, I turned ‘I can’t” into “I can”.
Imagine this: I’ve just climbed up a 15 meter high pole and I’m at the top. It’s moving from side to side in the wind and it’s terrifying but, so far, so good!
Now, my challenge is to get my feet onto the smallest platform you have ever seen – I swear it was no bigger than a breakfast tray – and then to stand up. Well, getting both feet onto the platform was difficult. It was physically challenging as well as extremely frightening. However, nothing had prepared me for what I was to face when I stood up – a totally overwhelming feeling of fear and insecurity. There was nothing to hold onto, nothing to support me. Yes, I was wearing a harness but that didn’t help, I needed something to hold, I needed something that would stop me from falling!
“I can’t do this, I can’t stay up here, I can’t, I can’t…” that’s what I was saying to myself. In fact, I was saying it for real because everyone on the ground watching could hear me loud and clear!
My partner was climbing up the pole behind me, I had to wait for her to reach the platform and stand up and knew I couldn’t wait…I couldn’t stay up there. I was shaking, my legs were quite literally trembling, every fiber of my body wanted to step off that platform and end my misery, and it would have been so easy to do it…
Then, I realized what was happening. I was thinking, believing and feeling “I can’t” and it was paralyzing me with fear. I knew I had to think, believe and feel “I can”, I had to stop my thoughts from taking over and totally sabotaging my actions…
Well, it was a close call, but I stayed up. I stayed standing on that tiny platform until my partner joined me. My legs were still trembling, I still had this deep desire to step off and away from the instability but I only had two words in my head, “I can”, and I repeated them over and over and over, in my head and out loud – “I can” was my mantra, and I did!
It was a day or two later that I understood the true significance of this experience. I had been shown the true power of my thoughts. It was almost as if I was being told, “OK, so you think you believe this stuff about how powerful your thoughts are, now you’re REALLY going to believe it!”
It’s not every day we’re faced with a 15 meter pole, but every day we are faced with challenges and beliefs about ourselves, our dreams, the things we want to do but “can’t”.
Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s all very well, and I’m sure this “I can” stuff works for others, but it won’t work for me”. And you know what? While you’re thinking it won’t work for you, you’re absolutely right – it won’t work for you!
But, change your thinking and you will experience change. It’s your thoughts that are the key…