What to say when someone says they can't do something

We have all had mental blocks at some point and time and have said, “I just can’t do it.”  Limiting beliefs can stop us from taking action or reaching an important goal.

Most people have limiting beliefs that are tied to their identity, which constrain them from living their best life. If you think, “Well, I’m not good at math” you probably aren’t going to put in the effort to study like someone who thinks they can score a good mark on a test.

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” — Tony Robbins

There have been several instances of people doing amazing things they would have never thought possible. Nineteen year old Charlotte Heffelmire’s father was trapped under a burning car, she used all of her strength to lift the car so her father could escape. She then drove a burning car out of her family’s garage.  Most people would never believe that they have the power to lift a car and wouldn’t even try.

We are all more capable than we believe, next time someone tells you that they just can’t do something, here are a few things you can say to let the person know they are more powerful than they think.

10 best replies to ‘I can’t do it

1) Believe you can and you’re half way there.

2) Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.

3) Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.

4) Never let your fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

5) If your mind can conceive it, and your heart can believe it, you can achieve it!

6) Remember that it’s okay to ask for help. You don’t have to go through everything alone.

7) You may feel like you don’t have the strength to do it right now, but with time and effort, you’ll be surprised by what you can achieve.

8) I know it seems tough right , but I believe in your resilience and determination. You’ve got this.

9) I understand it’s challenging, but I’m here to support you every step of the way. I love you and I am here for you.

10) Take a deep breath and take it one step at a time. You’re capable of more than you realize.


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why do people say I can’t do it

People might say “I can’t do it” for a variety of reasons. Sometimes people let their insecurities get the better or them or they are riddled with self doubt. They don’t even start a new challenge and they stuck where they are.

To be able to do something new takes one step at a time, as well as trying new things and testing your results. The best thing to do is take the first and see where it takes you.

Selina stopped saying ‘I can’t do it’ and turned her life around

Selina had spent years doubting herself, often uttering the words “I can’t do it” whenever faced with a challenge. This negative self-talk had held her back from pursuing her dreams and reaching her full potential.

One day, something inside her shifted. She made a conscious decision to silence the self-doubt and embrace a new mindset of determination and possibility. With a newfound sense of empowerment, Selina began taking small steps towards her goals.

Selina enrolled in courses, sought mentorship, and surrounded herself with supportive peers. As she started to achieve small victories, her confidence soared, and she realized that the only limits she had were the ones she had imposed on herself.

Before long, Selina had transformed her life. She was pursuing her passions, thriving in her career, and inspiring others with her story of resilience. By letting go of “I can’t do it,” she had unlocked a world of opportunities and proven to herself that she was capable of achieving anything she set her mind to.

The Role of counselling and self care

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Better Help is a great resource where you can talk to a counselor from the comfort of your own home. 

Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.

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