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Think you Can or Think you Can't

Kelly Woolfe

I have this amazing little person in my life. My first born, ever so special, one and only little girl, who is not so little anymore and growing up way too fast for my liking. I wish I could keep her little forever and go back to those days where she was just a little peanut and I could practically hold her in the palm of my hand. Moms, you know what I mean. Those sweet baby days of snuggling, smelling that sweet baby smell, and just holding onto every little precious moment and every little smile and giggle.

Well, now she's growing up on me, and with that brings a whole new set of happenings. There is something about my daughter. She is an absolute perfectionist. No, not a bad thing at all. I guess I would say its more of a challenging thing at times, though. And this past week, this amazing girl really made me proud.

As you may know, we are in the midst of becoming quite the soccer family. I have a son who is over the moon and ga-ga for the sport. He eats, plays, sleeps, and lives the game. He also has HEART and fast feet! I can see that this is something that will stay in our lives for a very long time. One cool thing about it? It has brought our entire family together in an entirely different way. We are outside every night, on our "field", playing hard, learning, growing, and forming those important family bonds. There is even a new little cheer going on recently out on our field that goes something like this, "Ole, ole, ole, ole!" (then repeat a gazillion times more while punting the soccer ball across the field as hard as you possibly can)! :)

So, what, do you wonder, do these stories have to do with one another? Well, my daughter, the perfectionist, is VERY hard on herself. She isn't the soccer player of the family, but she's a natural athlete, fast, and has a knack for anything that uses speed and strength. And she thinks, if she can't hit that goal every time, that she is a failure --- and it gets to her!
The word "CAN'T" has been thrown around a lot lately out in our backyard. Honestly, that word -- CAN'T--- it just bugs me. As a parent, I want to instill in my kids that they can do absolutely anything they set their mind to -- no ifs, ands, or buts about it!  And if you "can't", then that means we work together and figure it out.  Every time she tells us she can't, we tell her she can. I have talked until I'm blue in the face about the power of positive thinking and that if you tell yourself you can't, you can't! If you tell yourself you can, then that's where the magic happens -- that's when you accomplish big things.

And then, a breakthrough, and an amazing moment where it all just "clicked" for her. And it reiterated the fact that we must ALWAYS continue to tell our amazing kiddos that they CAN -- no matter what they are trying to accomplish and no matter how many times they continue to tell us otherwise and fight with us about it. Because belief in yourself is a powerful thing.

What was this breakthrough for her? Well, nothing mind blowing if you didn't know the story behind it all. But for me, I knew it was BIG when she came running in the house yelling, MOMMY! MOMMY!  I screamed, WHAT, WHAT!? and the story came spilling out. With determination, she went out back on her own, set up the goals, grabbed her pink soccer ball and said she was going to work on her shot (that was big right there!). She counted paces and backed up 24 feet from the goal. She took that shot-----and she scored!!!!!!! And you want to know how it happened? Want to know how it all turned around for her? Well, this is how ---She told herself SHE CAN!!!!

And more priceless than that shot that was made, was that she learned to BELIEVE in herself out there on that field that night. And when her Daddy got home later that night, I love how she said, Mommy, tell Daddy what I said!" I said, "YOU tell Daddy what you said."
"I said I can!"
  

Moral to the story? How does it relate to the rest of us?

Have belief. Have faith. Think positively. Tell yourself you can. You must never, even for a second, let yourself think that you can fail. You may not get what you're trying to do the 1st time, 2nd time, or 100th time, but if you shut it out of your mind that you are going to fail, then you are bound to win.

Be careful of what you imagine yourself becoming. Imagine, dream, and BELIEVE that all is possible for you! You CAN do whatever you believe is possible!

-Kelly


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