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MY-I-CAN Corner – the Beauty of Attitude

At this year’s Olympic Games, eight individuals will line up for the 100 metre final. The entire world believes that Usain Bolt will be first past the line, except his seven competitors who believe they have a chance of upsetting the odds.

Regardless of our belief, they know they have done the work and if the chance comes they are the seven individuals in the world best-placed to grab the opportunity with both hands.

The mistake most people make is thinking that success is something that is out there. How many people say what they would do if they won the lottery, or stumbled upon a million pounds? It sounds nice doesn’t it? However, I can guarantee you if the same individual has not learnt how to handle this new found fortune, he/she will find themselves back in the same place in the not-too-distant future. It’s like an athlete competing in the 100 metre final without doing the training. They will fail because even though their external world changed, their internal word stayed the same and as a result their bad habits didn’t change; they were tucking into a McDonalds when they should have been eating salad.

Albert Einstein once said that ‘insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results’. One of the most fundamental things we attempt to work on at P2P’s My-I-Can session for young people is transferring our attitude from I-Can’t to I-Can. To believe that even if we don’t succeed the first time we will be determined to keep going until we do.

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’ But if you don’t believe even one step can be taken, you will remain at the start or disregard the race altogether. The person that takes the first step is at least one step closer to his or her goal. That step represents experience and correct attitude and provides you with the confidence to know you can take one more.

Our job at P2P is to help you continue walking in the direction of where you want to go, but only if you are ready and who knows, if you keep going you may find yourself at the finish line. For more information about the My-I-Can programme contact Tuggs on 020 8964 6454/07971 399 776.