By Monica C. Voskamp
He stared at my photos of the past obese me and then locked eyes on the current present me, shook his head in awe and said to me: “Monica, if you can lose 100 pounds…you can do anything.”
That phrase has stuck in my mind. So many times I’ve undermined my ability. Scratch that. I haven’t even believed I have ability. It’s weird. It just never was a card in my hands–to believe I was able.
I wrote on my white board this week: You are capable. I need this visual reminder of the belief I want my heart to live loud. This is a very emotional realization: You are capable. Part of me feels guilt for not realizing this sooner. Another part of me is excited and incredulous upon discovering: I can. I can. I can.
For so long I’ve lived in my truth being: I can’t. And it seemed the universe always gave me one more experience to concrete that belief. But thank God, the universe has also given me experiences, people, situations that just spelled out blaring obvious: You can. You can. You can.
I have lived in the ‘I can’t’ mentality for so long whenever someone told me “I can”, the words kinda ricocheted. But, somewhere along the line a shift in my thinking began.
“I can do anything.” This statement is so bold. The more I examine what I do and get honest with myself I think: Wow, if I’d apply serious effort and time into this…I could make something good. I could be successful…really successful.
I’m lost in shock and wonder at this possibility.
Believing you can is more than half the battle. Your belief is your lifeline. It is written on every second of your timeline. Know your belief. Hold it close for this is your good. And never let the world tell you differently. This is your core fundamental truth.
You, you, you (!) get to decide upon which truth you live. And when you live in that truth, your mind, your days, your relationships, your projects, your situations—good or bad—will all line up very differently, simply because you believe you can, instead of you can’t.
Your mindset matters. That voice inside your head is your power. Grab it. Train it. Wrestle it. Feed it. Nurture it.
Your voice is your choice. “I can…I can do anything.”
And you can.