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Development Means Changing Self

 “If you want to change the world, start with you baby. Change you and everyone else will follow.”

These words were used by Jacob’s Lusk, in his rendition of Man in the Mirror, on this Wednesday episode of American Idol. He reawakened me, and brought me back to a day last week, when I was looking for a host for my new website. I decided to use HostGator. The problem came when I received an email saying that in order for the account to be approved, I needed to send them a copy of my driver’s license or my passport, and my credit card.  I had never before heard of this type of request. I was so shocked, that a migraine silently began pounding in my head. I was really upset.

I began to agonize over how I would get those digital copies of my I.D. “Use a digital camera or a cell phone,” I was told by the representative on the phone. There was no compromise. There also seemed no end to my agony. My daughter had lost the memory card in my digital camera. And don’t laugh, but I have no idea how to use the camera on my phone. I felt old. I thought, ‘what would it take if I wanted to go out and get the copies done’. But there was another aggravation. I lost my license since the stroke – and  felt seriously sorry for myself, disabled and helpless!

‘This is discrimination against the physically challenged and baby boomers’, I silently screamed. Or was it? Sure HostGator and a lot of technology-based businesses cater to the younger folks. But I realized I should just register my complaint and leave it at that. I should not be fuming at them. I should be fuming at myself!

It was time to look myself in the mirror and let go of those darn excuses I comfortably held on to. This is 2011 and no matter what age we are, we can learn and take advantage of all that technology brings. The world becomes different every day. Who am I to get mad or whine because things don’t stay the way I am use to? In the same way, I had to say to myself enough with these feelings of disability.  So what if I needed a ride to get a copy made?  Once I started thinking how I could get what is needed, instead of how HostGator was preventing me from moving forward, I saw that I could easily get a camera from my brother, who I saw every day.

Each day brings us great opportunities to overcome our excuses, and remind ourselves of our indomitable abilities to handle whatever life puts in front of us.  To stay fully present to who I am, I will keep my eyes focused on me, and away from the excuses which blind me.

Do You Have a Can Do Attitude?

Are you a ‘can do’ or a ‘can’t do’ type of person? Do you believe you can achieve everything that life places in front of you, and go after it with a vengeance?

Habstritt, a world-renowned Canadian entrepreneur, gives us cause to say yes! He shares some powerful information that reinforces the fact that we can all be “can do” people, if we choose.  I watched his 5 Engaged Entrepreneur videos, and I knew I had found recipes that aid in overcoming struggle and being a successful business person. I was reminded of life and leadership strategies I had all but forgotten, and even learned new ones.

Maybe it’s the stroke that opened me up to his message. Maybe I was drawn to him because of his success, or the fact that he is a commanding presenter. Regardless, I am compelled, without thought of recompense, to share these powerful resources including: an overview of the engaged entrepreneur’s blueprint, right mindset, managing your time and your team, and attracting the money you want.  

For any of these training tools to work, we must believe, with confidence, that we can be successful, and work hard to apply what we are being given. To get the information, yet not to apply it or integrate it in our life, is to accept that we will not achieve the success that is ours to have.

A “can do” attitude saved my life. After being in the hospital for 5 months, following the stroke, I was told it was time to go home. “My can’t do mind” feared that I had to leave my protected environment and re-enter a world where I believed I would be seen as a cripple. I heard no encouragement, no hope from the doctors and therapist, that I would regain the ability to walk with some degree of strength or ever work again. I made up that I would be reduced to nothing, by the sorrowful, pitiful, eyes of the outside world. In my mind’s eye, I had lost my power to be independent, to move at will, to achieve my dreams.  I went home and cried for a week.

Then, God must have knocked some sense into my head, because I got that I can do. I declared then that I will heal again and I will work again. At that moment, I believed that I could do anything I set my mind to. I knew I could achieve any dream that God has placed in my heart.

I have since undergone significant healing. Furthermore, despite my doctor’s assessment of my permanent disability and inability to work, I am back to work with a renewed and wonderful vengeance. Will I always get things right? Absolutely not! Will I keep going as long as I have breath? Absolutely! Even with the inevitable hiccups, I know I can do.

Can do people believe they can achieve what they want, work hard to get it, and grab hold of helpful resources, which are there to help us go where they want to go. How are you showing the universe you can do?