The Difference Between Can’t And Won’t

Can'tWe hear it from people all the time, “I can’t do it.” Very often what they mean is they won’t. In the past year I have been told by various people that they can’t read more books, they can’t save more money, they can’t invest in their future. Each of them really meant they won’t. The person who “can’t” read more books had plenty of time to watch television. The people who said they “can’t” save or invest more money, had no problem finding the money to spend $5 or more on a cup of coffee every morning.

If something is important to you, you can find a way to do it. It starts with making little changes. If you can find ten minutes a day to read, it adds up. If you can put aside $1 a day, it adds up. You may not have the time to go to a gym, but you can squeeze in ten push-ups during the day.

Changes don’t have to be grand gestures. They can be small steps that lead to bigger gains. You just have to ask yourself, do you really mean can’t or do you mean won’t?