I Can… I Will… Part 1


Many years ago, a friend walked into my office, asked if I had a few minutes, and handed me a cassette tape (yes, a cassette tape – I said it was a long time ago).

The tape contained a talk entitled If You Think You Can… You Can, or You Can If You Think You Can, or something similar. You’ve no doubt heard it or, at least, heard these sentiments expressed.

“Great title,” I said before even listening… “just one problem.”

I continued, “I’m not saying that belief isn’t important, but believing you CAN do something and actually deciding you WILL do something, are two completely different mindsets.”

And I wasn’t done yet! I continued along the lines that “potential” exists because of our belief… but real success begins with our decision; with our will.

At the time, I remember thinking how profound that argument was… no, the truth is that more than likely I was thinking how profound I was 🙂

What I didn’t know, of course, was that I was missing a major component, a piece without which success becomes impossible!


Do you know what it is? And yes, of course, there may be more than one!! I look forward to hearing from you!

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2 thoughts on “I Can… I Will… Part 1

  1. Hi Steve,

    Another interesting post again, you know I like to see this post as a suplement to my post “Got Purpose” because what you talk about is like an add on to the way I see my post.
    About your missing component, I feel for me it would be persistence and the determination to focus, plan and ‘just do it’

    Thanks for sharing your insights and if I may use your words, ‘ for making an impact’


  2. Hey Raymond,

    Appreciate the insights, my friend – and yes, I enjoyed your article, “Got Purpose?”.

    Another friend said he thought it would go “I Can… I Will… I Must…” as in “I can do this thing… I will do this this thing… I must do this thing…”. His point was that if it got critical enough (the MUST part), then it would finally happen.

    I’ll write about this in the next article, but you are definitely on to something with your “Just do it…” insight, for sure! -Steve

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