I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can
Updated: Feb 21
I was inspired by one of my favorite children's books tonight: The Little Engine That Could. I always love it when the kids pick that one to read before bed...or anytime, for that matter.
There is a well known quote that is often attributed to Henry Ford that goes something like this:
"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right."
"Think you can, think you can't; either way you'll be right."
or, perhaps most simply
"Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right."
Pick whatever version you like. Whether Ford actually said any of them is insignificant. The message is pretty clear.
I don't subscribe completely to the notion that you can do whatever you put your mind to, but I do believe this:
If you think you can't, you might as well quit now. But, if you believe you can achieve something and you pour your heart and soul into it, you've got a fighting chance.
Unless, of course, it completely defies the laws of physics. My philosophy professor in college, Dr. James Gardner, said, "You can't, by the power of positive thinking, change the laws of gravity. If you step off the edge of a cliff, you're not going to fly." That's probably why I still can't dunk a basketball...among other reasons...
Without positive thinking and self efficacy, you are doomed, and even with them, they have their limits. However, those qualities are likely to take you farther than you've ever imagined possible.