Little Boy Beagle will be three in just over three months. He learns new things all the time and tries something new every day.
A lot of the things he tries don’t always work, or even if they do work, they aren’t consistent.
As he works on conquering new things, he would take pride in an accomplishment, but if something didn’t go right, he would often get exasperated and say:
“I can’t do it.”
After hearing this more than a few times, I tried to turn it around. If he would have a problem with something that I knew was within his realm of possibility, and he’d say he couldn’t do it, I’d go over and say
“You CAN do it”
and would then try to help him with whatever he was doing, showing him how to do it, working with him to get it, and encouraging him to try again on his own.
While not everything worked the next time he tried, after I started telling him that he CAN do it, I noticed that:
- Many times, he would try more than once before giving up.
- He said “I can’t do it” a lot less, even when he couldn’t.
- He actually started telling others “You can do it” if he heard someone give up.
All of these things are pretty cool, and if a two and a half year old can get it, I think we can all learn that lesson.
If you fail at setting a budget, don’t just give up and say you can do it. Tell yourself that you can do it and start over again. And, as my son learned, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Work at it hard enough, and soon you’ll not only be doing it where you once thought you couldn’t, but you’ll be the one providing encouragement and advice moving forward.
So, find something you think you can’t do. Tell yourself “I can’t do it”.
Then stop and say: “I CAN do it”
Then, go give it a try. You might just surprise yourself…