Whether You Believe You Can or You Can’t — You Are Right

The other day on the drive home, Mike Ditka was being interviewed on the radio. He had some good quotes. Commenting on teams or players, he quoted Henry Ford and said, “If you believe you can do something or you can’t do something, you are right.”

Such a simple statement, and yet so profound.

People accomplish amazing things every day. Those people believe they can do it. Others make excuses, and explain all the tough reasons why they are unable to accomplish something. Guess what? They do not accomplish those things. They were right.

I get triggered when I hear the reasons why something “cannot” be done. Stop thinking about “why your team cannot do something,” and change it to “we will accomplish this, we just need to figure out how.” It is amazing how a simple change in attitude can have a tremendous impact on outcomes in both your work and life.