Can I tell you something? Until very recently, I thought I was stupid. I don’t say that to be dramatic; I actually believed it. I just thought okay, well, people get dealt a hand in life, and mine just didn’t have anything special in it. That’s okay, I’ll just be the nice girl.
I’m embarrassed to admit that. Of course I am. I’m not 100% sure where that thought theory came from, but I can bet a myriad of situations and encounters are to blame. And I’m also willing to bet that I’m not the only person who has ever felt that way. Tell me I’m wrong. Are there things that you want that you immediately dismiss? Telling yourself that only other people get to have those things? That only other people get to do those things?
I often think about that Albert Einstein quote…
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on his ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing it is stupid.
My husband locked his keys in his car this afternoon. When he called for a rescue, I was in the middle of hammering out the final details on a project for work, so he had to wait. When we finally got home after he pried his way into his car with a coat hanger, we caught each other up on our days over cheeseburgers. I buzzed as I filled him in on the projects I’m working on–discussing proposals and content calendars and the cool people Myra and I get to work with on a daily basis. And in that moment, it hit me.
I did this, I said to him.
He nodded as if to say of course you did.
The this I’m referring to here is my job. Fact is, my week was absolutely manic. Probably the busiest to date in Bliss existence. And this whole company, all of this work, came from a tiny little nagging idea in the back of my head a couple years ago.
I think you can.
God’s tiny little whisper was hard to ignore. Instead of dismissing myself, I started dismissing the doubt, the voice telling me I couldn’t have the things I wanted. I started to ask myself why not me? There was no proof that Myra and I could pull this thing off. There were no hard and fast facts that I could present to Myra when I asked her to go in on this business with me…this wild and crazy idea that initially would only cost us money.
But every person I thought would doubt me instead told me I think you can. And I didn’t realize until those words slipped their lips how desperately I needed the validation; someone to help drown out the false reality I’d created for myself.
So hear me when I say to you, I think you can. Whatever it is you want to do, I think you can do it. In fact, let me help you do it. Because there’s nothing in this life that you can’t have if you work for it.
So, what do you want?
Do you think you can do it?
I think you can.