I’d hardly noticed it. It was so quiet. It was a small voice in my head that kept telling me I couldn’t fix my oven door.
It’s silly. I’m an engineer. I should be confident in my intellectual ability to figure out how an oven door works and in my mechanical ability to fix it. Yet, for months I’d been living with a busted oven door.
I thought I hadn’t fixed the door because it would take too long.
I thought I hadn’t fixed it because I knew I wouldn’t have the right parts.
Actually, I hadn’t fixed the door because I’d been telling myself I couldn’t, and I’d believe it.
Once I started believing I could do it, fixing my oven door was a snap.
It only took 45 minutes. I found parts to repair it in my jar labeled “miscellaneous hardware.” And, I’d had the ability all along.
The experience prompted me to wonder, “What else have I been telling myself I can’t do?”
I made a list. At the top I wrote,
Since then I’ve fixed, finished, learned, and accomplished so many things. It’s invigorating!
I’m going to keep listening for that little voice to say, “I can’t…” so I can remind myself, “Yes, I can!”
What have you been telling yourself you can’t do? Make your list.
Write, “I can…”
Then, do it.
Why not try?