My belief in this sentiment (excepting the few environmental or external factors that may genuinely constrain behavior such as war, extreme poverty or illness, for example) is one of the reasons I get so frustrated when people are unwilling to just do. Often, I hear people tell me “I could never give up meat,” or “I could never give up dairy.” I mentally shake my head and think, “Oh, yes, yes you could, yes, you can, and you would be so much better off.” Maybe next time, I should respond with Thomas Edison’s quote, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
Conversely, I’ve always believe that if I wanted to do something, I could do it. This is a photograph of my room when I was a teenager. Ignore the Jim McMahon and Chicago Bears paraphernalia. Instead, take a look at the green sign: Of course I can do it, the question is: do I want to?
What is it that you WANT to do, that you CAN do, that takes nothing less that you DECIDING to do it?