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  • Writer's pictureAngie Carel

The Bridge from 'Can't' to 'Can': YET

In our journey of self-growth and discovery, we often encounter moments of doubt, where we feel like certain tasks or skills are beyond our reach. It's in these moments that a simple three-letter word can make all the difference: "yet."

The Transformative Power of "Yet" in Our Self-Talk

Language is a powerful tool, not just in how we communicate with others, but in how we converse with ourselves. Our internal dialogue shapes our perceptions, beliefs, and ultimately, our actions. One of the most common phrases many of us use, especially when faced with challenges, is "I can't." It's a definitive statement, closing the door on possibility and reinforcing self-doubt.

However, by simply appending the word "yet" to the end of "I can't," the entire narrative shifts. "I can't do it" becomes "I can't do it yet." This subtle change transforms a statement of defeat into one of potential and hope. It acknowledges the present challenge but also leaves room for future success.

From a psychological perspective, this shift is profound. The brain is highly adaptable, and our thoughts can create neural pathways that influence our behavior. When we repeatedly tell ourselves, "I can't," we reinforce a fixed mindset, a belief that our abilities are static and unchangeable. On the other hand, "I can't... yet" fosters a growth mindset.

In essence, adding "yet" to our self-talk is more than just linguistic gymnastics. It's a conscious choice to embrace possibility, to believe in our capacity to grow, and to view challenges as opportunities in disguise. It's a small word with the power to change our mindset and, by extension, our lives.

Imagine standing at the edge of a vast canyon. On one side, there's the familiar territory of what you know, what you've tried, and perhaps where you've stumbled. On the opposite side lies the land of potential, growth, and undiscovered talents. The bridge connecting these two realms? The word "yet."


Visualization Activities: 2 Options

Activity Option 1: Coloring the Bridge of "Yet"

A Coloring Page of a Bridge with the words at the top: "I can't do this YET"
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To help visualize this concept, I've created an activity with two options, but similar concepts. This first page is a coloring sheet featuring a bridge. At the top, you'll find the phrase "I can't do this YET," with two lines. Here, I invite you to write down two things you've always wanted to learn or achieve but haven't quite managed to grasp.

As you color in the bridge, think of it as your journey from "I can't" to "I can." The act of coloring is therapeutic in and of itself, as it allows you to disconnect and focus on your goals.

What's the first step you need to take to cross your personal 'can' bridge?


Activity Option 2: Drawing Your Own "Yet"

A drawing page with the words at the top: "I can't do this YET"
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This activity embraces the same concept, but is a bit more open-ended, offering a blank canvas for your imagination. While the bridge is a powerful symbol of transition and connection, "yet" can manifest in various forms for different people.

Maybe for you, it's a butterfly, symbolizing transformation and rebirth. Or perhaps it's a budding flower, representing patience and potential. Whatever it is, this page gives you the freedom to sketch it out.

This is about personal reflection and finding your unique representation of growth and possibility.


Both of these activities are designed to be more than just creative outlets. They're introspective exercises, encouraging you to confront your challenges head-on and recognize the potential within you. Maybe you do one today, and do the other in a month. Maybe you make it a point to do this activity once or twice every year?

The word "yet" is a reminder that growth is a continuous journey. Every setback, every "I can't," is just a stepping stone leading you closer to your goals.

The power of "yet" lies in its ability to transform our mindset. It shifts our focus from what we can't do now to what we can achieve in the future. So, the next time you're faced with a challenge or a skill you haven't mastered, remember the bridge, the butterfly, or whatever symbol resonates with you. Remember the promise of "yet."

"In the language of resilience, 'yet' is the bridge between giving up and pushing forward." - Angie

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