You can, if you think you can

All you need is to work your plan

Decide that you will make it happen

Then allow your mind to imagine

'Our motto at school was 'you can, if you think you can.'

A compelling quote that I really didn't understand fully at the time. But I've learned through living my life how true this really is.

Whatever we believe to be true and whatever we believe we can do, is true for us.

I wonder what my life would be like today, if I had been living every day, by the wisdom of this quote?

When we believe in ourselves, when we have faith in ourselves, we can move mountains. We can move the mountain of fear, the mountain of negative thoughts that have built up in our minds over time.

We come into this world with a mind that is like a blank canvas ready to be inspired; instead, we are programmed by well-meaning people all around us.


By the time we grow up and go out into the world to seek our fortune, we have inherited over 70,000 thoughts a day, most of which conflict with our soul's goals.

Growing up, we were told 'no' many more times than we heard the word 'yes.'

At some point in life, we realise that we have to make a change, we discover that our mind has been working against us achieving our goals and dreams.

"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." (a quote from the bible).

Every New Year, people decide to make a change, and they are good for a whole two weeks, sometimes a month, sometimes longer, but before long, they are back doing all that they were doing before. Sometimes it takes weeks before they realise that they are back to their old ways.

We can definitely change our minds, our beliefs, but of course, it is easier said than done.

Our 70,000 thoughts are automatic; we are habitual creatures with a mind that runs on an automated program that we probably did not design. It took time to accumulate these thoughts; it will take time to change them.


We have several tools at our disposal that we can use to change our minds and attract better quality thoughts. The first thing is to look at our belief system; our belief system is a collection of thoughts that we live by. We may have never checked to see whether these beliefs are good for us or not. They just run automatically and produce the conditions of our life.

The first thing is to really go in and look at our belief system and how it has impacted key areas of our lives. We have to ask ourselves, is this belief true that I believe about myself and my capabilities. Is it true that I can only do these things but can't do the things that would make my soul sing?

Most people leave the planet with their gifts still perfectly wrapped up inside them; they never believed in themselves enough to unwrap the gifts they were given at birth.

To change our belief system, we have to install a new belief. This new belief will feel unfamiliar to the mind at first. Initially, the mind will want to keep going back to the old program. We may slip back into our old ways; but if we remain focused and don't allow the subconscious mind to keep running the old patterns eventually, it will accept the new belief, and things will change.

We will start to accumulate new empowering thoughts and create a new belief system that will empower us to unlock our gifts and live by our soul's truth.

I remember attending a seminar some years ago, where the speaker taught us how to walk on burning hot coals of fire. He and his team spent a good part of the seminar getting us ready to change our minds about walking on burning hot coals. He gave us a mantra, in which we repeatedly chanted 'cool moss' cool moss until it was installed in our mind that burning hot coals feels like cool moss. The goal was for each of us to chant ‘cool moss’ as we crossed the red-hot burning coals of fire.

I really had to work on my belief system because I had had a terrible experience with fire in the past. I was so pleased when I made it across to the other side of the coals. As you can imagine, I was elated and was jumping up and down like a little child at Christmas.

I learned from that experience that the mind will accept any belief you give it and that repetition is the key.


Another key factor is to surround ourselves with like-minded people who will motivate us to keep moving forward towards our dreams. We can install a new belief and, for a while, do really well, but if we don’t have positive people to hold us accountable, we could end up back at square one.

I remember my wise gran always telling us to choose our friends wisely; her quote was, 'show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are.'

Gran was not saying you can’t be friends with people who have different goals, but that you need to actively choose to be around people who are where you are headed or heading in the same direction as you. Naturally you will spend more and more time with those who encourage you, empower you and support you on the lonely road to becoming your true authentic self.


We all have busy lives, we have busy schedules and urgent stuff to do, and the important things that can change our lives may get buried at the bottom of our to-do list. We need to find creative ways of keeping what's important (that might not be urgent in the moment) at the forefront of our minds.

One of the things about changing your beliefs is that you have to decide to work on yourself forever. If you stop doing the work, stop reading the books and are no longer in touch with positive people, you are liable to go back to your old ways.

After my fire-walk experience, I was ready to go out and conquer the world, achieve my dreams and make things happen. For a while my life started to change, I remained focused on my goals and my belief system was working with me. But then I got busy with work, family life and got wrapped up in the urgent on my list and the important changes I had made got buried to the bottom of my mind, and my old limiting beliefs crept back up.

The good news is that you can come back from setbacks even stronger than before. If you do the work, you will get the results. We have to be gentle with ourselves and be mindful that our fragile human self will get distracted as we try to make changes, and our old ways may creep back in. At the same time, we must remember that we are powerful beings with a purpose and we have come here to make a difference. The truth is that life is not working against us but is reminding us that 'we can, if we think we can.'

Blessings Imani Speaks

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