I Can!

james shone

By James Shone

My thoughts for this week are straight forward! They really come from playing cricket with my 11 year old son earlier in the week. He bowled a few balls which were all rather wayward and his head dropped. We then started to practise some catching and he kept dropping the ball. This was a moment where he was close to saying “I give up, I’m going in.” This was not ideal as far as Dad was concerned! We went and sat on the wall and had a long chat. It was at this point that I said “it’s simple, you have a CHOICE. Your choice is now either – I can do it or I can’t.” I then gave him the bat and he started to hit the ball out of the middle and the smiles returned to his face.
It was later that day that he came up to me and said “you know that choice you made me make earlier? Well it really worked!” This caused me to ponder. So often it is as simple as this – we put the ‘I can’t’ in the way of far too many things. But a growth mindset encourages us to say “yet” ie “I can’t do it yet”. So I think this week, whenever we say ‘I can’t’ I want us to simply ask ourselves this question – “why not?”