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The other day I was having a conversation with someone and I asked if they would like some information about an opportunity. What I was met with other than a yes or no, shocked me.
This person told me all their can nots and do nots. I was a bit confused because I had only asked a yes or no question. But with all the can't and don't, I figured the answer was no. But then this person asked me a question that floored me. They said, "I'm not qualified, right?"
I had to inform them that they had made that decision, not me. I only asked if they wanted some information. They decided what they couldn't and wouldn't do. What they didn't want to do. So qualifying for the information really wasn't an option made by me. It's just information.
This got me to thinking, how many of us count ourselves out before we even try. All I offered was information. I had no close ties to the information. I had nothing to gain by providing the information. I probably wasn't going to check to see if the person used the information. So why all the can't and don't, when a simple no thanks would have done?
I'll tell you why. Most of us are dying to try something. We hope we build up the guts to go for it and just do it. However, it is so easy to talk ourselves down and disqualify ourselves before we get started. We come up with things we don't want to have to do or can't do. This person wanted me to to tell them that they were not qualified. As if they needed confirmation for what they had said. Ahhhh, we have to do better people.
You have what it takes to do whatever it is you set your mind to. Don't let anyone or yourself sell your capabilities short. We have to turn our can't into cans. Turn the don't into do's. Now of course you shouldn't do anything you don't really want to. But TRY for the things that you are interested in. Go for it and see what other possibilities open. After you build yourself up...go build somebody else up.
Have an extraordinary day!