Choosing positive words ~ I can and I have!

Choosing positive words I can and I have blog

Choosing positive words ~ I can and I have!

As someone who enjoys writing, I love to go through the process of taking my idea and letting it ‘bloom’.  What usually works for me is simply ‘going with the flow’ and seeing where my pen and paper takes me.  This last week hasn’t progressed particularly well for #TheNextBigThing, it has to be said.  So much that I’ve been pondering whether I’ve actually got the time and energy to focus on my writing project.

And then I had a moment that changed all of that.

I was fortunate enough to be in the audience of Richard McCann giving a talk on the concept of “I can”.  A very inspirational, very positive man, he spoke of how he turned his traumatic childhood around into a positive experience.  He told himself, “I can”.  You can read a little more about his story here. but just to give you a bit of background, here is a quote from his website:

“On a cold and misty morning in October 1975, Richard, aged 5 woke up to discover that his mother was gone. She was the first victim of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe. His first reaction, even at such an early age, was to think about how he could improve his situation. He couldn’t bring his mother back but he could decide how to look differently at what life had thrown at him.”

The point I am making in my little corner of the internet is:

I had moments in the week where I doubted I was capable of seeing my writing project through, really before it’s even started.  After the talk, I dusted myself off, gave myself a  talking to and told myself:

“I can!”

And I have!

I’ve written a draft of the first chapter.  A little progress is better than no progress!

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20 Comments
  1. I little progress is A LOT better than no progress – I often find starting off (whether right at the beginning of a project or after a break) is the hardest bit. Hopefully you can get on a roll now. Keep it up – you certainly CAN! Thanks for linking this positive post to #WhatImWriting
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  2. Brilliant! I totally believe in the power of positive thinking. I am always telling my eldest daughter how her ‘I can’t’ negativity gets her nowhere. I have friends who are negative and others who are eternal optimists and I can tell you, it’s the positive ones who are the happiest and who achieve more with their lives.
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  3. Well done you…. and I’ll bet your feeling dead chuffed to! Richard McCann sounds amazing. He’s the same age as me pretty much: I remember the Yorkshire Ripper very well (I’m from Leeds) – and a woman was murdered close to where I lived in Headingly… #whatimwriting
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  4. Fantastic! Well done you for writing that first chapter. It’s great when we find someone or something that inspires us to push past our self-doubt. Mr McCann sounds very inspiring and I’m glad you got to hear his talk just at the right time. 😉 #WhatImWriting
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