I Can vs I Cannot

“Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.

Master yourself, and become king of the world around you. Let no odds, chastisement, exile, doubt, fear, or ANY mental virii prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Never be a victim of life; be it’s conqueror.”

Mike Norton

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is the last in the series on fitness, and this one is probably the most positive.

I felt led to end on this particular note because of this lesson’s ongoing importance in my life. I’m going to impart to you what I believe is the most crucial fitness lesson I’ve ever learned. It’s rather simple but I believe it is often neglected.

Are you ready for this?

True health begins in the mind.

I know. Not that difficult, right?

When I speak of true health and the mind, I am speaking about positivity vs negativity. Both forces exist, both forces are necessary in life, but I believe in order to achieve your goals,  positivity must have ultimate sway in your life. This does not mean that you must go through every day smiling like some doped up cartoon character. That’s not gonna happen. Life sucks sometimes. That’s okay. What I’m talking about is a little different than that.

I’m sorry. I’m rambling a little bit and I don’t mean to, but this is a hard idea for me to process.

I have had an “I cannot” attitude for most of my life.

I have gone through life mostly focusing on the things I cannot do, and how I feel as if they’ve defeated me entirely.

“I cannot eat less”

“I cannot do pull-ups”

“I cannot do math very well”

“I cannot speak Dothraki”

“I cannot be athletic”

etc., etc. …

But lately I’ve begun to realize the error in that way of thinking. That state of mind is in direct opposition with the forces of personal growth and mental health. This state of mind is the cage I find my self-esteem and confidence in and the funny thing is, the cage is wide open! It’s been unlocked for a long time and I’ve not left because all I know is the cage. The world outside is unfamiliar and strange.

I should also note that I understand that knowing your limitations is healthy, too. You need to know where you stand and what you are currently capable of in order to know what you can work on. This is good, but for me, personally, Knowing my limitations and not being hung up on them is what’s going to catapult me to new heights.

I know what I can’t do. I’ve spent 25 years being acutely aware of what I can’t do and that hasn’t helped me, and now it’s time for a change.

I am moving, or attempting to move, from an “I cannot” attitude to an “I can” attitude.

So here’s where I’m heading:

From: I cannot perform gymnastics (Crossfit) and I really want to

To: I can do a handstand, and I get progressively stronger at gymnastics every time I work on them, and I am going to keep on working on them until I master them.


From: I cannot do double unders very well

To: I can do double unders and I string more together every time I do them


From: I cannot lift as heavy weights as my neighbor

To: I can lift with good form and I can tell when it’s done with good form


From: I cannot stop eating.

To: I can stop and I will


From: I cannot see anything worth loving about myself

To: I can extend myself the same unconditional love as I am shown by my Heavenly Father and loved ones.


From: I cannot get a new car

To: I can keep working, and I can keep driving my working car.


I think I’ve made myself pretty clear and understood. I’m by no means perfect but I am on my way to bettering myself everyday and it all begins with a simple “I Can”.

So this is the charge I leave with you: if you find yourself struggling with an “I cannot” attitude, remind yourself as often as you can that there are things you can do and there will be more things you will be able to do as you work and progress in the future.

Be blessed and know that I pray that anyone who reads this be inspired.


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