At times, when faced with new challenges or opportunities, I overwhelm myself with doubt and worry.  I think to myself “I am unable to do this, I don’t have the skills or knowledge.” “Why are they reaching out to me, I don’t think I am the one to help them through their situation.”  I become mentally exhausted from all my thoughts so I decide to step away and take a pause.  “Stop the overthinking!” I tell myself.  By overthinking it, all I am doing is going around and around in a vicious never-ending cycle.  As I try to quiet my thoughts and reach a level of mental relaxation, I realize that nothing is impossible.  I may stumble at first as I am not familiar with the situation, but ultimately “I can do anything I set my mind to.”  

Suddenly it occurs to me, “how can I say that I can’t do something when my life as a cancer survivor is proof that I can, even when things seem impossible.” I am living proof that with faith and trust in God anything is possible. 

I am reminded that the only one who is putting barriers or doubt is me.  I am thinking that I will fail before I even start, and if I do fail, it is because I thought I would.  It all comes down to our own state of mind. The mind is a very powerful thing and if you believe in something with all your might you can make it a reality whether what you believe is positive or negative. Therefore, a positive mindset is the key to a positive outcome. We have to accept that even if we fail, it’s okay. Learning from our mistakes during our failures is what helps us improve and succeed. 

Stop the internal negative thoughts of doubt and stop saying, “I can’t” because Yes, You Can.  Whatever the challenge or situation you are faced with, believe and know that you will be able to overcome or come face to face with a stance of power against any obstacle in your life.  “I can do all things through HIM who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13  


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