By: Dr. Susan Nettleton
During the course of a day, how often do you say to yourself, ”I can't”? "I can't do it, I can't continue, I can't quit, I can't get up, I can't let go, I can't handle it, I can't think about it, I can't decide . . .” Though our limitation may feel very real to us, often it is not our ability that limits us; it is our fear. ”I can't" has become an automatic thought that helps us avoid the things we fear. Unfortunately, the price we pay for ”I can't" is damage to our self-confidence. The next time you tell yourself, "I can't,” try substituting instead, "I'm scared." The emotional honesty of changing one word in thought can be the key to freedom.