During today’s yoga session with my amazing coach, Katie Baki, I said, “I can’t do that,” just like that. Without even trying, I said, “I can’t do that.”
She said, “Yes, you can, try it.”
I tried, and although it could have been better…. I tried, and now I have somewhere to start.
How do we change our mindset from “I can’t” to “I can”?
Changing your mindset from “I can’t do that” to “I can do that” is a powerful shift that can significantly impact your actions and achievements. Here are some steps to help you make this change:
Start by acknowledging the negative belief or thought pattern that holds you back. Pay attention to the moments when you catch yourself saying or thinking, “I can’t do that.”
Once you identify the limiting belief, question its validity. Ask yourself why you believe you can’t do it. Is it based on past experiences, fear, or self-doubt? Often, these beliefs are not grounded in reality but are merely assumptions or perceptions.
Look for examples and evidence that contradict your limiting belief. Seek out stories of people who have achieved what you aspire to do, even if they faced challenges. Recognize that success is often the result of perseverance, learning, and growth.
Reframe your “I can’t” statements into more positive and empowering thoughts. Instead of saying, “I can’t do that,” replace it with, “I can learn how to do that,” or “I can overcome challenges and achieve that goal.”
Break down the task or goal into smaller, manageable steps. This approach allows you to focus on making progress rather than feeling overwhelmed. As you achieve each step, your confidence will grow, reinforcing the belief that you can indeed accomplish what you set out to do.
Use positive affirmations to reinforce your new mindset. Repeat affirmations such as “I am capable,” “I believe in myself,” or “I have the skills and abilities to succeed.” Consistently reminding yourself of your capabilities can help reshape your mindset over time.
Seek out individuals who believe in you and encourage your growth. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people who inspire and motivate you. Their support can help you maintain a positive mindset and provide guidance when needed.
Adopt a growth mindset, which is the belief that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. Embrace challenges as opportunities for learning and growth rather than as obstacles. View failures as stepping stones toward success and use them as learning experiences.
Remember, changing your mindset takes time and consistent effort. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. With perseverance and a positive outlook, you can shift from “I can’t do that” to “I can do that” and unlock your full potential.