“Fire anyone who uses the word “can’t” more than one time.” For years, this statement I read by the CEO of a pretty impressive company has stood out to me. However, this rule isn’t one that I have followed in dealing with those under my leadership and care. In other words, I don’t ever fire someone for saying they can’t do something, but I do want to help them get over that attitude and become optimistic in every situation. For me, it has been a personal challenge that when I am faced with difficult situations or obstacles to not let my instinct to be “I can’t.” Whether in my personal, my professional, or in ministry life, I never want to have a defeatist’s attitude. I never want the first reaction I have toward a difficult challenge to be, “Oh I can’t do that,” and then go on to give all the reasons why it would never work. Instead, I want to begin by assuming I can do anything I am committed to and willing to work for. Sure, there are things I simply do not have the skill or resources to accomplish. But that should never be the conclusion with which I BEGIN a task. I should have to be shown and proven that I can’t do something before I think about saying “I can’t.” Then, if and when that proves true, I should have the humility to accept it.
We need to understand that God expects great things of us, and he expects us to work, and strive, and live life with a dogged determination to complete tasks and accomplish goals. Get the word “can’t” OUT of your vocabulary.