One of the most powerful statements I have ever heard was spoken to me when I was lying flat on my back and could hardly move a muscle in my body.
I had just had a total knee replacement the day before and my first experience with a physical terrorist, (I mean physical therapist), was about to begin. This guy walked to the foot of my bed and flung the covers off that leg that had been almost cut into two pieces and said, “Let me see you lift your heal off the bed.”
I did what had been normal procedure for over 50 years, my brain said ‘lift heel’ but the leg wouldn’t move at all! I tried again. Then I tried again. Finally, I realized that it wasn’t going to happen and I said to him, “I can’t do that!” It was somewhat alarming, but under the circumstances, I knew that it probably wasn’t an unusual thing because he was standing there smiling at me.
Then he said something to me that I will never forget the rest of my life! He said in a matter-of-fact manner, “Yes you can; you just don’t know it yet.” I really began to question the sanity of this therapist, but then, before I could respond, he placed his hand under my heel and said, “Try again.” This time, with a little help, my heel came up a couple of inches or so. That was it for the day!
He came back the next morning and smiled as he said, “Let me see you lift your heal off the bed.” I did what I had done the day before, my brain said ‘lift heel’ but the leg wouldn’t move at all! I tried again. Then I tried again. Finally, I realized that it wasn’t going to happen and I said to him, “I can’t!” Without a word, he placed his hand under my heel again and said, “Try again.” This time, with a little help, my heel came up a couple of inches more than it had the day before.
Then he began to explain.
I am not a medical professional at all, so my facts may not be quite accurate, but this is how I remember it. He stated that muscles had been cut and nerves had been severed resulting in a loss of communication between my brain and my leg.
Nerves are part of the “electrical wiring” system that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body and they arefragile little things. Injury to a nerve can halt signals to and from the brain, causing muscles not to work properly, and a loss of feeling in the injured area. Here is what is amazing to me. The brain my need to be ‘re-programed’ in order to get things working correctly again. That’s where the physical therapy comes into play. Nerve fibers will slowly grow and reconnect, but they rarely match up perfectly with the original muscle configuration and/or sensory organs. So, as the therapist helped me work those muscles, the brain went about its business of finding a way to make it all happen without help. Whether my nerve endings grew together again, or my brain found another path, I am not sure, but on the third day, I could move my leg ever so slightly, signifying that I was on the road to recovery!
YOU ARE A SLEEPING GIANT!
You can do pretty much anything that you set your mind to do. Physically, mentally, spiritually, at home, at work, in your business, in your relationships and any other area in your life, you CAN. If you think you CAN or if you think you CAN’T, you are right! Whatever you decide between your ears, is going to shape what you accomplish. I know that we all have limitations and I’m not talking about being absurd! But, even limitations don’t have to be the barriers that they seem to be. We have all read about runners who keep running even after losing a leg. I personally have met a young man who has no arms and yet does amazing things using his feet and toes.
Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Do you want to make money online? You are going to fail many times before you discover what works for you. You have to go from failure to failure and not lose your positive attitude, and eventually you will stumble onto something that actually gets the job done. The next thing that you try just might be the thing that makes you rich, so why quit?
Baseball is a game of failures. A baseball player who hits for a .300 batting average has failed to get a hit 75% of the time! If he failed only 50% of the time he would be batting .500, and that is unheard of! What matters is how you handle your failures.
In baseball, marketing, relationships or any of the things I mentioned earlier, you most likely will have to make adjustments. Change this, tweak that or modify something else, but don’t just quit. That four letter work cannot exist in your vocabulary. One of the few things in life that will NOT change is the fact that you must keep changing if you want to succeed! Some of the most successful people that I have met go there because they weren’t afraid or ashamed to admit that something is not working, let’s move on to something else.
The next time you hear yourself saying, ‘I can’t’ – or even thinking those words – I hope that this powerful phrase comes roaring back into your mind: “Yes you can; you just don’t know it yet.”