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"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." -The Little Engine That Could

“The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals, and you can never let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.”

–Michael Jordan

Focus on the moment, on achieving one goal at a time.  With each achieved goal you are closer to victory and success.  Sometimes you will lose, but your overwhelming persistence and hard work will ensure that you have more ups than downs.


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“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

Michael Jordan

Yup.  His eyes are shut, because he expects himself to be able to hit a foul shot with his eyes shut.  He makes the shot, by the way.

Sidenote- this post is a birthday present for my father.  Happy birthday, Dad.

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“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

–Michael Jordan

Each day I wake up and go to school. I do all that I can to make sure that my students give it their all each and every single time.

I was taught when I was eight that the words “I can’t” needed to be removed from my vocabulary. One of my own teachers made us write down what we could not do. We did not hold back, we did not share with anyone else. We proceeded to bury the lists outside of school. Those words were dead to us.

Why do lessons like this only work with children? Why do we tell ourselves we can’t do something in the first place? Why don’t we just try? It’s amazing what we can accomplish with even the tiniest bit of effort.

So be a big kid and come to the front of the class. Pick up a piece of chalk and get ready to write. List everything you can’t do. Write out “I can’t….” over and over until you’ve reached the end of your list. Pick up an eraser and replace the words “I can’t” with “I will try.”Life doesn’t hand out a grade. Life doesn’t keep track. But when you looking back on your life, would you rather say, ” I couldn’t” or “I tried”?

Each day we are alive, the world asks nothing more than for us to try. It does not require perfection. So– realize that your list is a starting point and that today you can start your list and make a change for the better. This is not a guarantee of success. It’s not even the thought that you won’t fail beautifully. But without trying, you are missing out on some of your life’s best moments.

Love and Light,



“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan


“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”

Michael Jordan

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