We Can’t Do That

Posted: June 26, 2008 in Daily Blog

I have heard the phrase “we can’t do that” over and over throughout my life.  Someone that has been a part of an organization for a long time usually says it.  They have seen it all, tried it all, and seem to know it all.  It is one of my pet peeves. 


The biggest problem I have with that kind of statement is it takes no account of change.  New leaders, new technology, new ways of doing things… it is all discarded because somewhere along the line when something new was attempted it didn’t work, and now and forever it is believed that it cannot ever work.  We have a small dog-named Sampson, he is a Shih Tzu and he is not the brightest bulb in the socket.  When he was younger and smaller he could not jump up on our bed.  So he learned that if he stood on his hind legs and scratched at the bed I would lean over and pick him up.  Now he is bigger, and could easily jump up – in fact he jumps on other things in the house at the same height level as the bed – but he still wont jump up on the bed.  He still stands on his hind legs and scratches at the side until someone picks him up.  His head is even with the bed so he can see the top, but he doesn’t even attempt to jump up.  In his little head he has decided he can’t, and once that is decided, he is absolutely right – he doesn’t even try.


My point – stop thinking that you cannot do something just because it didn’t work in the past.  Things change, and you may have learned something new that makes all the difference in the world.  You may have grown a couple inches and become stronger, the markets may have changed, or the environmental conditions (not weather) may be different enough that this time it may work.  It may be a relationship, it may be a business venture, it may be that new career you are looking for, and the window of opportunity was closed last time you tried, BUT it may be open now.  It may be there are different people involved in it, whatever it is… don’t stop trying.  Failing at something does not mean it cannot be done, it means that this time, or the time you tried it last, it didn’t work… 


Don’t give up… keep trying.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t work, give it a shot and remove the word “can’t” from your vocabulary entirely!

  1. hi, it’s me again. 🙂 i don’t think it’s very nice for you to say that sampson is not the brightest bulb in the socket. and i’m not sure it’s accurate. i mean he does have you trained to put him in the bed with you. 😉

    when my kids say they can’t, i always catch it and give a big lecture. but when i say it i don’t even notice… and i’m pretty sure i say it, maybe even alot!

  2. Graham says:

    the dim bulb runs in the family… we never should have started allowing dogs in our bed.. I think we are suckers. The worst part is he gets hot at night and jumps off, then around 2 or 3 am decides he needs back up! How annoying is that..?

    “can’t” is a hard word, we easily succumb to it and it can keep us from reaching our potential.

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