The Four Most Powerful Words:

You Can Do It!

My Personal Story

When I was in high school I joined the track team. We were 125 girls strong. I was the slowest runner so I was put in the 2 mile race. That first year, I came in last every race. But I felt good about it. Why? Because we had the best coach on the planet. He focused each of us on beating our personal best everyday. And I did that. You see, I wasn’t focused on coming in last every race. I was psyched every time I finished because of the major success of beating my personal best every race! I was over the moon!

At the end of the season, I asked my coach if he thought I could be a good runner. Coach liked anyone who worked hard and he said to me “Sully if you keep plugging away over the summer you can make it into the A-Team next fall.” This was the group of girls on the team who had the most demanding workouts, the ones who scored in meets. I don’t know why he said that to me considering I was his worst runner, but I think it’s because he is such a big believer in the power of, well, “If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It.”

So I ran everyday that summer in the heat with my dad. My dad is a fast runner so it was torture every morning. I remember at the end of each run, I’d be falling behind, pulling on his shirt to slow down just a little. But I never gave up. I ran my guts out almost every morning for about 3-4 miles. And you know what happened in the fall? Yep, you guessed it! I was running with the A-Team! It was amazing. And it wasn’t just me. I saw him transfer his unwavering belief onto many others who were also poor runners, only to see them blossom into their own personal best and even some of the team’s top scorers.

That power has remained a powerful force in my life. It is behind many of the great things I have accomplished such as landing great jobs, winning tough sales, getting promotions, coaching employees to their personal best, buying a home, and now making my blog the most useful place so people will love coming here.

How To Use this Power

1. Pick Your Goal and Don’t Be Afraid to Dream BIG!

2. Believe You Can! If you have to pretend to believe in the beginning, that’s fine. Your belief will grow with your successes.

3. Find a Mentor Who Has Done What You Want to Do. I’ve sought out “coaches” in each major goal I’ve tried to accomplish. Sometimes this meant contacting someone who I didn’t know who was much “higher” than me. Whenever I’ve done this, I was always a little nervous, but when you approach someone saying “I want to learn from your success” you’ll be amazed at the reception you’ll get. “Ask and Ye Shall Receive,” it’s true. And what do you have to lose anyway? If they don’t have time for you, find someone else. Simple! :-) I currently have a few mentors with blogging. I think they know who they are. And I say thank you!

4. Always Strive For Your Personal Best Each Day.

5. Be Persistent. Shake Off Doubts. Be unwavering in your belief no matter how small the gains seem on any given day. 1% improvement a day means 365% improvement over a year and that’s not even calculating in compounding effects.

6. Celebrate Your Smallest Successes Everyday with Friends and Family. Find anyone who will listen and tell them. Heck, start a blog and tell the world!

7. Pass It On. Pass on this belief to others. When you find people who are working toward a goal, tell them unequivocally “You Can Do It!” Your words can have a positive impact on someone’s life that is bigger than anything you could ever imagine. The words of my coach back in high school have been ringing in my head ever since he said them. And they still carry me.

Please share your comments, experiences, and tips on “YOU CAN DO IT!” All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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  1. 1
    May 26th, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    I especially like #3. I know that that one is so powerful, yet I realize how little I use it nowadays. Thanks for the spark, this will help me take another step forward.

  2. 2
    May 26th, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Believing in one self is the best thing someone can do.. how much you believe in yourself determines how much success your shall get. That’s what I believe. Asking for people’s help is something that I’ve recently learned. I used to be too afraid to ask, thinking that people are too busy to help me but I was amazed of how nice and helpful people are :)

  3. 3
    May 26th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Lodewijkvdb – yes #3 is very powerful. Most people are happy to help someone who wants to learn from them, especially if you approach them with gratitude and offering to help them in return.Thanks for the comment.

    Dee – I used to be afraid to ask too, but as I got older I realized that I really had nothing to lose. Thank you for visiting!

  4. 11
    August 21st, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Dear Sully,

    Thanks for the Little “WORDS” they were really beautiful…I just love reading words of encoragement when work & management stress you.
    Thanks..God Bless You.


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    April 27th, 2009 at 11:53 am


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    Marcel Gantert
    September 21st, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Hey there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often! Thanks!


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