I Can't

So often I hear the words "I can't" when teaching a student. My take on that is that if you believe that you can't, then you can't. I put this to the test several years ago with a keyboard student when I was teaching out of my home in Hazleton. I gave him something that I had heard him play well often, and told him to think to himself "I can't" while playing it. He did and he messed it up.

The whole point is that if you believe that you can't do something and are unwilling to try to do it, then you will never do it. But if you believe that you can, although maybe not at the moment, you will eventually do whatever it is that seems difficult to do.

The only way to break your limitations is to eliminate "can't" from your vocabulary.  There is always a way to do anything you want badly enough. You just have to find it.  So try a new mindset. Next time you feel like saying "I can't", instead say, "This may be difficult at the moment, but I'm going to find a way to do it." Then find a way.


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