Henry Ford: You Can Do It! [VIDEOS]
If you think you can do it, or you think you can’t do it, You are right ~ Henry Ford
When you say you can’t
When you don’t believe you can do something then most likely you will not even tray. But when you try half-heartedly, then you won’t reach into all of your reserves to give it your all. You will see every failure as proof that you can’t do it. The failures will reinforce your beliefs, and you will move further away from the goal.
Also, check out the six rules of success from Arnold Schwarzenegger that help you fulfill your dreams.
When you say you can
If you think that you can do it, then you will put more effort into your actions. You will also experiment and keep at it for a longer time. When you fail, you will take the failure as just another step in the process. The optimism and repetitions will train your brain and body. You will get better with each attempt, each failure.
Then suddenly you can do it.
Of course, there are simpler things. Let’s take Benji jumping. There’s practically no skill involved. It’s only your decision to do it or not. The same goes for asking for help. Talking to that gorgeous crush you have been having.
Just say yes!
Daniel Gilbert: Change is possible!
Here is a short TED video from Daniel Gilbert. It explains how we think about the change in ourselves. We look into the past and see that change happens, but looking into the future we think about ourselves as finished products.
The key takeaway from this video is that we change. And… If change happens I would suggest that we can steer it! Maybe we are not able to steer it in a completely predictable way, but we can make decisions that move us in the direction we prefer. So in light of this research:
Make a decision, who you want to be and start steering!
“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Daniel Gilbert shares research on a phenomenon he calls the “end of history illusion,” where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we’ll be for the rest of time.
Daniel Gilbert is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a social psychologist known for his research on affective forecasting, with a special emphasis on cognitive biases such as the impact bias.
He is the author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, which won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books.
Steven Pinker’s book The Blank Slate argues that all humans are born with some innate traits. Here, Pinker talks about his thesis, and why some people found it incredibly upsetting.
In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits-a doctrine held by many intellectuals during the past century-denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts. Injecting calm and rationality into debates that are notorious for ax-grinding and mud-slinging, Pinker shows the importance of an honest acknowledgment of human nature based on science and common sense.