How many times have great opportunities come my way only for me to go through the laundry list of why I can’t take advantage of them? How many times have I seen an opening for my dream job, only to say, “No, I won’t apply because I don’t have enough experience”, or “I know they need volunteers, but I don’t know how to do that so…” Not to mention, “I just started working here eight months ago. I can’t leave now. What will they think of me?” and “I have a wonderful idea for a business that will not only bring me financial success, but could really help people. But I don’t have any clue how to make it happen so, I guess it’s not meant to be.” I’m sure part of why we place these limits on ourselves is human nature, but part of it is definitely fear…fear of the unknown, and fear of failure.
I may be going out on a limb here, but next to Jesus, Moses was one of the most powerful people in the Bible. We know Moses was the one who challenged Pharaoh to free the Israelites multiple times before Pharaoh conceded. Moses then led the Israelites out of Egypt, and although he couldn’t cross over with them, he brought the Israelites to the Promised Land (Joshua led them over). Despite all of this, in many ways Moses was just like you and I. When God chose Moses to lead His people, Moses came up with every excuse in the book as to why he COULDN’T do it. Moses said, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead my people Israel out of Egypt?” Moses was even afraid of the people who may challenge what God sent him to do. God laid out the entire plan for Moses to rescue the Israelites. When Moses finally accepted what God called him to do and said, “Yes, I can do this”, Moses went on to deliver the Israelites just as God wanted him to. (Exodus 3:7-23)
So what are you saying YOU can’t do? I’m sure whatever it is you CAN do it. Start the business you have always wanted to start. Sacrifice and pay your car off one year earlier; give yourself a chance at financial freedom. If you have been wanting to work out, take the first step and go for a 30-minute walk. Yesterday instead of doing my at home workout, I decided to work out with my husband. The workout included 1200 jump ropes (yes 1200) among other things. Now, back in the day, I would jump rope 3-4 times a week but two babies later, it has been a couple of years since I even picked up a jump rope. When I first started I kept thinking to myself, “This is just too much.” I immediately started repeating to myself “Can Do Spirit, Can Do Spirit.” I didn’t make it to 1200, but I DID do 800. So see, you will be surprised by what you can do when you stop telling yourself “I can’t.”
This week I would like to challenge you to have a “Can Do” spirit in all that you do. Let’s not sell ourselves short by placing limits on our abilities. Dream big, see the things you want to do, and tell yourself “I Can” instead of telling yourself all of the reasons you can’t. I promise, you will be glad you did!