Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Move From Yes I Can to Yes I Must!

Everyone has the “Yes I Can” syndrome, which has been popularized by Obama himself. It is wonderful that we all think we can, but thinking we can isn’t enough. In order to truly be successful, to truly ascertain greatness we must have a Yes I Must! mentality…but what does this truly mean?

We all can, this is nothing new. Our ability and capability to ‘can’ do something is embedded in all of us, physically, mentally, and intellectually. This is by God’s design. We ‘can’ all have the same physical capabilities and limitations that the human body possess. We ‘can’ all have the same mental capacity and limitations that our brains will allow. Also, we ‘can’ all have the same intellectual opportunities for growth and development through mentorship, schooling, research and reading. Suffice to say we are not short on the “cans”.

We must now learn to think and exist beyond simply ‘can’ into ‘must’. We all ‘can’, but too often we never do until our ‘can’ becomes our ‘could’. “I could have done it too”, “I could have achieved it as well”, but the thing is we never do. It is the ‘must’ that will drive us to that success and greatness, because it is our ‘must’ that will motivate us beyond “I can” to the very end, no matter what is before us or what it takes. Our ‘must’ is our reason for doing what we do, our reason for striving and persevering day in and day out, ensuring we achieve what we are aspiring to. The ‘must’ isn’t as fickle as the ‘can’; the ‘can’ is easily broken by fear, hardships, doubt, and lack of…whatever it is that you may be lacking. However, the ‘must’ doesn’t take these factors into consideration, because for the ‘must’ there only exists At Any Cost! There are no excuses for failure or acceptance of it and it is not broken by any external factors.

Giving a better description of the ‘must’: it is a powerful reason, it is a burning and a yearning, it has to be something that if you don’t accomplish it, if you don’t do it, it will drive you close to insanity (trust me I know). You have to find a reason that is meaningful and powerful enough to drive you right through; All Go, No Quit! Your ‘must’ could be you have to get out of poverty because you can’t see yourself spending another day suffering in the life of the ‘have-not’. It could be you have to succeed because you’re family is depending on you to make it work because you’re the breadwinner, so it just has to work. Another ‘must’ could be that you just have to do it because it’s your love and burning passion and not being able to would be like suffocating between closing walls. It doesn’t matter what your ‘must’ is. Whatever it may be it has to be strong enough and powerful enough to break from, and overcome whatever is holding you back from achieving success, be it fear, doubt, or naysayers; whatever!

Point to remember when choosing your ‘must’ is: it holds greater power when it is selfless, because it is easy to disappoint ourselves, but even harder to disappoint the ones we love.

Those who understand know what it means to have a ‘must’. Whatever you’re thinking of achieving in your life, your goals and aspirations, develop the habit of changing your mindset from a “Yes I Can” to a Yes I Must! Find your strong and powerful ‘must’ and constantly keep it in mind. This will be your driving force to success in whatever you choose to do.

It all depends on you and no one else. Live that dream.

All the Best.

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