Tying shoelaces was always a challenge to my kids when they were younger. They ended up saying “I can’t do this Mom!” And I started wishing that they would grow a bit faster to be able to do things on their own (and I certainly wish the opposite most of the times, especially when I have thoughts of them not needing me anymore …)
Many times, these scenarios of my kids not being able to accomplish tasks make me a bit irritated. Then, I get to read the book about Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Dr. Carol Dweck wrote about the power of YET. Instead of saying “I can’t do it!”… say “I can’t do it…yet”. This YET changes a lot in the way a child (or even an adult) faces failures and challenges. This word YET can be powerful.
The word “YET” when added to every negative statements we utter, will have us embrace difficulties. “YET” will help us move forward and succeed.
This helps me deal with all the “I cannot’s” I hear my kids complain about. It also helps me deal with my own challenges.
Next time you hear kids saying “Mom, I can’t do this!”, let them hear the same statement with you adding YET. And rejoice when the time comes that they will be saying “Mom, I CAN do this!”
Is there anything you cannot do…yet?