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September 16, 2017
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Confucius once said, "He who says he can and he who says he can't are both usually right," and I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. Do you believe you can do it? If you do, you can and you will, but if you don't, you can't and you won't. I've said it before, it all starts and ends with you and I really mean the way you think. Your mindset can either help you hone the greatness inside you or destroy it altogether. It's the most powerful weapon you have in this life, how will you use it?

At one point or another, you've heard Benjamin Franklin's quote, "You can do anything you set your mind to." Ben Franklin knew how powerful of a weapon your mindset can be. What do you want to do? Say to yourself mentally, "I can do this," and then take the first step to accomplishing that goal. It's really that simple, and I don't care how outlandish your goal may seem. Your goal should seem outlandish to people, that's a sign that you're heading in the right direction!

College has taught me that at the root of every complex problem are smaller, less complicated problems that need to be solved, and I apply that way of thinking to aspirations. At the root of all your aspirations, there are smaller, less complicated goals you need to achieve. Identify them and work towards achieving them. Yes, you will make mistakes and get hurt, but the underlying question is do you believe you can do it? As I said before, if you do, you can and you will regardless of what obstacles you face. Your belief that you can do it will carry you through.

The difference between the people that achieve their fullest potential while on Earth and the people who don't is their mindset. As Dr. Andrew Murphy so eloquently put it, "You are confined only by the walls you build yourself," which means that as long as you do not mentally place a limitation on what you can accomplish, you can accomplish anything. You can be whoever you want to be and embark on whatever you want to as long as you believe you can.

Don't be afraid to believe. Don't be afraid to think differently. Don't be afraid to chase your dreams. Your only fear should be of dying and not achieving your fullest potential. If you believe you can do it, it doesn't matter what anybody thinks because ultimately, you'll be able to achieve it. You're meant to do great things, but do you believe you can? I definitely do.