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Yes, You Can!

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Liz Brown, Be Well Life Coaching

These three small words can be the difference between living a life of fulfillment and enjoyment and living a life of regrets and unfulfilled dreams. Too often we listen to the “no, you can’t” voice in our head that stops us from trying before we even start. Or maybe we start and quit because we decide we can’t when we face the first obstacle. This often happens when people attempt all kinds of change from losing weight or exercising to improving a relationship or finding a better job. For others, it might be trying to overcome the challenges of ADHD or an addiction. The good news is yes, you can change and it all starts with that belief.

A Shift In Thinking

In the words of automaker Henry Ford, “whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” Ford was referring to the concept that if we believe we can, we will overcome the obstacles and do what we set out to do. However, if we don’t believe we can from the start, we will give up as soon as we reach the first challenge. How about if you have tried and tried again and feel it’s no use? The first step is to believe in yourself. Look to the past for lessons but don’t look at the lessons as failures. Think about the idea that most people who are successful fail the first time, they just keep trying and learning lessons as they go. What did you learn and how can you take those lessons and use them to try again? You are closer to your goal each time you try again.

Build Your Support

We increase our chance to succeed if we surround ourselves with “yes, you can” people. Build a support system of people who will truly cheer you on through the challenging times and celebrate your success. There will always be those who try to sabotage your success for any number of reasons. If these people are important to you, talk to them about why your goal is important to you and ask for their support. Sometimes, well-meaning friends and family members do not realize they are not being supportive. Join a group, enlist a friend or work with a professional to get the support you deserve.

Silence the Inner Critic

As author Brene Brown says, “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” So often we allow the inner critic in our head to be the loudest voice we hear. This voice calls us names, points out fears and basically stops us from changing. If our inner voice was coming from someone else, we probably wouldn’t put up with the abuse! Change your self-talk from this negative banter to a kind, compassionate and most of all encouraging Yes, You Can voice. This change alone will help you on your path to success.


“Liz really helped me through a difficult time. She gave me skills that I continue to use daily. Liz helped me set realistic goals and expectations for others and myself. She was professional, warm, and extremely supportive. I highly recommend Liz’s services.”  ~ Jackie M


Liz Brown is an ICF Certified Professional Life Coach. She also holds specialized certifications in Wellness, ADHD and Recovery. Her mission is to help clients identify their personal and professional dreams, goals and vision and support them every step of the way to sustained success.

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