“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right.” – Henry Ford
This quote from Henry Ford was one of the first nuggets of wisdom our instructor shared with us on the first day of the Dale Carnegie Course, hosted by Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan. It’s something that has stuck with me since, because not only does it align with many of the Dale Carnegie principles, but it also speaks volumes about what we as human beings are capable of.
I don’t know about you guys, but I often find myself overwhelmed with my to-do list. It seems to grow bigger by the day and sometimes you just want to throw in the towel and admit defeat. So some days I do just that and say “I can’t do this” or “There’s no way I’m going to get all of that done.”
And you know what? I’m exactly right. Because if I believe I can’t do it, and especially if I verbalize that I can’t do it, I won’t do it. I’ve already talked myself into a position that doesn’t allow for success or progress.
On the other hand, if I take a more positive stance on the situation, even saying “I will get five things on my to-do list done today,” I’m setting myself up to actually do it.
But I know it’s hard. After you’ve worked a 10-hour day, cooked dinner for your family, done a load of laundry and helped the kids with their homework, there’s little time left for motivation and convincing yourself that you can get even more done. And taking time for yourself and taking breaks from your other duties is absolutely OK, too.
Just remember that your point of view will always dictate the success of any project or task. It won’t always be easy, but most things that are worthwhile aren’t.
Do you have any other inspirational quotes that light a fire in your belly? Any words of wisdom that help keep you motivated? Leave them here in the comments.