I wish I could….

What is something you want to do but doubt you can?

Think about it for a moment and come up with one thing, the one thing you want to do the most but you don’t think you have what it takes to do it.

Maybe it’s act in community theatre or teach a special interest class. Or maybe it’s run a marathon or maybe you want to build your own house. What’s something you really want to do?

Write it down.

Now write down all the reasons why you think you can’t do it. Nothing fancy, just a bulleted list of all the reasons why, written under that thing you want to do most. 

Go ahead and do that.

Ok, now that you’ve finished the list, grab another piece of paper and write down the first reason. Write it in big, bold letters right across the top of the page.

Under that, write down every fact that disputes that reason.

Let’s say you want to go back to school but one of the reasons you think it can’t happen is because you’re too old now, you’d never keep up. People of all ages are going back to school! People in their 80’s! If they can prove that statement wrong, so can you!



– people older than me are going back to school all the time!

– as an older adult, I’ll be more focused on my classes.

– there are lots of resources to help me if I start getting overwhelmed.

– the technology available now will make it easier to do the work.

– the party days are over, I’m actually there to learn now!


You get the idea. Now keep going with the rest of your reasons.


TAKE THE TIME TO DO THIS!!! I’m not kidding. Don’t read on until you’ve done this.


Ok…I’m trusting you, trusting that you finished that little exercise.

How do you feel now? Do you feel that you might actually be able to do it? Are you feeling even a little more confidence in yourself?

If you’re still not convinced, what would help you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts, on what you’d like to do but don’t think you can, and what you think might help you if you’re almost but not quite there in believing you can.

Because I know you can.

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