I Can’t Say I Can’t, But I Could If…

With the beginning of a new year, I plan on taking several realizations and things I discovered momentarily, last year, and try to make them permanent. The first is to stop saying, “I/it can’t…,” with the exception of when used in conjunction with, “… but I could if.” The second is, “third-person introspective.”

Some time in September or October, I had an epiphany of how harmful, “I can’t,” is; it allows for excuses to be provided so easily. It allows you to just shuck your responsibility, without fully thinking through the problem, or trying to find another way around the problem. My solution is to only allow myself to say the phrase, “I/It can’t X, but I/it could if x.” It is a simple method, that can be used recursively, to find the starting point, if you can’t do x, then substitute it for X and start again. Ultimately, I feel that it is a great way of breaking a problem down, and avoiding excuses.

Third-person introspective, now this idea is a little less approachable, but personally more fun. I allow myself to escape, and critique myself on all of the actions I make as though I had someone following me around, looking over my shoulder. I tried this for about a week, and while it’s odd at first, it has some pretty interesting results,  you self-inhibit as though you weren’t alone, even if you are. The one issue that I had with it is that you have to be able to maintain two-levels of consciousness simultaneously, which can be difficult, particularly when you’re tired. I assume once one becomes adjusted to it, the second consciousness could become controlled subconsciously.

I’m hoping that implementing both of these, along with my recent purging of  stuff that was weighing on my mind will help me be more active, and engaged in the now. I still have a couple more things to get out of there, but for the most part, I’ve put everything I want behind me, and I’m starting to truly move forward for the first time in two or three years. Hope your year is going to be as wonderful as mine.

  • Best of luck for 2011.

    This weekend I found immense value in cutting back on play time in WoW. Hoping to get bored with it again in the next few weeks. There’s too many awesome things I have yet to do outside of virtual worlds.

  • Thanks, Mark; best of luck to you as well.

    Heh, I know the beast that is WoW all too well, one of those “marshmallows.” I let my account lapse on the 28th, and haven’t had the urge to play yet, which isn’t bad. I’ve been laying into code, and occasionally going to Kongregate or Plants vs. Zombies, purchased because I had so much fun in Hillsbrad, for my gaming fulfillment.

  • Awesome, I have till the 16th to pull the plug. Time to visit my account page 🙂