The word “can’t” is what we tell ourselves when we’re afraid of failing, embarrassing ourselves, feeling like we do not deserve good things, because staying down is what is expected of us, or for any number of reasons.  Like the old saying goes, “If you think you can or you can’t, you’re right!”  You CAN though. Read on…

Here is another example where “can’t” was locked in a box and put way back on a shelf in the basement.  “I CAN” was unwrapped and began working immediately to bring about an impressive miracle:  Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.  What she overcame is much more important than what she actually accomplished.  “Willie” contracted polio as a child and couldn’t walk without braces.  At age 13, she regained the use of her legs and later became the fastest woman alive.  Being able to walk again was certainly not her only challenge.  Willie was one of 22 children born to a poor black family.  She inspired everyone by rising above poverty and racial animosity in order to prove you can do whatever you set your mind to do.  She said, “I can’t’  has never been in my vocabulary.”  The rest is history.  She put aside the physical braces from her body as well as the mental and environmental ones that could have kept her crippled and in poverty to say, “Yes I can and I am!”  Stay tuned for the incredible story of Bob Wieland.  You won’t believe it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rita Rocker is a national inspirational and educational speaker, communications and image specialist, and a career and virtual presentations coach with Transformation Academy, LLC.  She is the author of “A Guide to Marketing Yourself for Success”, and a contributing author to “The Unstoppable Woman’s Guide to Emotional Well Being -The Total Woman in Leadership and Success Guide for the Unstoppable Entrepreneur.” She has appeared on national television and radio talk shows on self-esteem and communication. A former Mrs. Nebraska and active in numerous professional organizations, Rita is on the Board of the Small Business Association of the Midlands and co-director of greater Omaha’s Affiliated Women International. Rita provides life and career-transforming programs to mature teens and adults. Contact Rita at rita@transformationacademy.com.