I recently read the book Letting Go by David R. Hawkins, in it he talks about "I can't" versus "I won't". In the chapter on apathy and depression he writes, "Another way out of apathy is to look at the payoff we are getting out of the apathetic attitudes. The payoff may be in the face-saving excuses to cover up what is actually fear. Since in reality, we are very capable beings, most 'I can'ts' are really 'I won'ts.'" Gosh darn it all anyway, I hate it/love it when I'm reminded of truths like that!
His words spoke to me because sometimes I hold myself back. I let fear take over and convince myself that "I can't" when the actual reality is that "I won't." Hawkins states, "Behind all of the 'I can'ts' are merely 'I won'ts.' The 'I won'ts' mean 'I am afraid to' or 'I am ashamed to' or 'I have too much pride to try, for fear I might fail.'" He goes on to say that, "Apathy and depression are the prices we pay for having settled for and bought into our smallness."
In this new year, I invite you to examine your "I can'ts" and determine if they are really "I won'ts". Being more conscious through the realization that we are choosing a state of being makes a big difference to our self-concept than to think I am a victim and "I can't."
Let's make the conscious choice to not let fear paralyze us and hold us back, keeping us stuck in our old stories, our old programming, and our smallness. You are not too old, too busy, not qualified, or whatever excuse, whatever story you are choosing to hold onto as to why you are not going after your dreams, your intentions, your goals.
You can always choose again. Every moment of every day you can choose again. Be courageous, YOU are enough, YOU are not a victim, YOU are a powerful and amazing creation of God. Let your beautiful light shine bright. You've got this, you've totally got this.