In last week’s blog post I discussed the importance of recognizing your self-worth.
I mentioned that, as a human being, you are completely capable of developing yourself so that you can give meaning to your worth.
So my question for you today is: Do you know what it means to be capable?
Let’s start with ruling-out what you probably think capable means, and that is “the skill or power to do something”.
INCORRECT. That is actually the definition of the word able. On the otherhand, the word capable takes able to a whole new level. The word capable means to have the mental capacity or know-how to do things in the best way possible.
So as a human being, you may have certain physical characteristics and skills which help you reach your goals, but most importantly you have the brain power to strategize and figure out different ways to reach your goals.
Take the story of Nick Scott as a great example:
Nick Scott was a football player in high school. During high school, he got in a horrible car accident which ended his football career and put him in a wheelchair for life.
Even though Scott couldn’t walk, run, or play football, he still had the ability to bench press at the gym. So he capitalized on that ability and committed himself to benching more weight than anyone else in his high school. Nick Scott began to recognize he was still capable of creating a good life for himself even though his accident left him with a physical disability.
Scott’s weightlifting hobby soon turned into more than that — he decided to compete in a body building competition. After finding a new passion and talent, Scott fought to have a wheelchair bodybuilding competition established under the IFBB (International Ferderation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) so that him and others could compete professionally. He began winning shows and bodybuilding.com eventually signed him as one of their athletes.
Scott is now, a motivational speaker and a personal trainer for other men and women in wheelchairs who want to learn bodybuilding.
Even though Scott wasn’t physically able to play football or use all the equipment in the gym, he used his mental capacity to figure out HOW he could become a winner in the body building world.
Nick Scott might have injured himself physically but he still recognized his infinite human worth – after he was injured, he exercised his CAPABILITIES to reach a new goal in the best way he could.
Just like Nick Scott, YOU are capable of reaching your goals. You are capable of strategizing and learning and developing yourself so that you too can be successful.
So if you don’t know how to access your capabilities try following these steps:
1) Make a list of your goals, both short term and long term, career related or personal.
2) Write why you are or are not able of achieving each goal. Be realistic in your assessment.
3) Write down why you are capable of improving your abilities to meet your goals.
Final Step: Realize that you just created new pathways of success for yourself.
In the words of Nick Scott, it’s not about your glass being half empty or half full, it’s about being grateful that you have a glass at all.
There are so many paths that can lead you to a single goal, so remember that if one path becomes impossible to go down, you can take another. Also remember that you can dig out a new and completely unique path for yourself. And even cooler than that, you can take a path that leads toward a different goal, one that you haven’t tried to reach before. You can do all this because you are a human and you are not meant to do just ONE thing in your life.
You are meant to THINK, DEVELOP, and ADAPT. You are meant to work hard and exercise your capabilities to give your worth some meaning.
And most importantly, you can do all those things and make the next 365 days the #YearOfYou.
As always, Happy Monday ❤✌
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