If You Think You Can . . .
This saying is attributed to Henry Ford. It gets used to “motivate” people and to tell them that the way that they think affects how they can achieve their goals.
While there is truth in it, it is not always true.
There are many over-confident (and annoying) people in the world who think that they can do things that they are hopeless at. Just watch a reality TV contest.
Politicians of any ideology often cling to policies and practises that have never worked and never will but somehow they seem certain that they can make them work “this time”.
When I gave up my day job to focus on doing shows it was just going to be for a short while. I was certain that I could not make a living out of being an entertainer. I went ahead and set up my business as I would for any business venture.
Surprisingly, it has worked better than I expected.
Sometimes you can do things that you believe you cannot do.
At the gym, at crossfit, at karate, I have had this experience over and over again. Where my coach or sensei has simply asked me to give an honest effort at a task I knew I was entirely unable to complete. And frequently it turns out that despite my beliefs I actually could do that task.
It is not what you think that really matters. It is what you do.