Wisdom by Henry Ford
Wisdom by Henry Ford “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Apply Ford’s wisdom to achieve your dreams
This famous quote from quintessential American entrepreneur Henry Ford encapsulates the very core of why positive thinking works, and why it is one of the most often touted tool of personal development literature.
Positive thinking works not because of any cosmic or pseudo-scientific forces at work, but because our thinking can be one of the most crucial limits on our capabilities.
Let’s first take a closer look at what Henry Ford said, and how that wisdom can work for us.
Ford told us that if we think we can do something, we’re right — and if we think we can’t do something, we’re also right. The surprising conclusion of that quote highlights the fact that if we tell ourselves we cannot do something, we’re restricting ourselves. There is no way we can succeed if we believe that we will fail. It’s just shooting ourselves in the foot.
But by believing in our own success, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Does that mean that I will be able to fly just by thinking that I can? Of course not. It is only by hard work, by finding creative solutions, by persistence even with repeated failures, that we will be able to fly.
Sure, you say, this stuff is obvious. But if it’s so obvious, are you applying it to your daily life? Have you taken the time to define your dreams, and the steps that it will take to get there? Have you asked yourself if you believe in yourself, and if you believe you can achieve those dreams? And what steps are you taking today — not tomorrow or next year — to make those dreams a reality.