Monday, November 14, 2005

You can only do what you believe you can do, nothing more

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
- John Wooden

Western societies, many cultures around the world, are inclined to put more emphasis on our weaknesses rather than on strengths. Our weaknesses, our faults and our mistakes are pointed out at every possible instance.

Our strengths, our successes, our hard-won moves forward rarely receive any recognition from others. Thus we tend to spend too much time and emotion focussing on our weaknesses rather than on our strengths.

The problem is that the effort of concentrating on weaknesses often becomes a weakness in itself because we don't work to make those weak parts of our lives stronger.

Eventually, we generalize to believe that we can't do much about anything. We accept our powerlesssness and others unconsciously allow us to slide into that belief.

There are geniuses among us, people with answers to the most perplexing problems, people with solutions to medical mysteries, people with proposals that could have us populating planets in distant galaxies, people that know how to make people better than they are today, who languish with the mistaken belief that they can't make a difference.

Alone we may not be able to make much of a difference. Together we can.
Support those who have ideas and proposals by letting them air these before the world.

We can't make the world a better place if we believe we can't or if we don't support those who believe they can.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to build confidence in those who can and arouse self-belief in those hwo believe they can't.
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