Elanor Roosevelt wrote, "You must do what you cannot do." You'll develop strength, character, confidence, and belief if you do.
So let me get this right.
"Do what you cannot do...."
FAIL: And I'll develop strength by getting back up.
FAIL: And I'll develop confidence because I pushed past the fear.
FAIL: I realized that it wasn't so bad and that I survived, my beliefs began to change. "Maybe I can do this."
FAIL: My reputation for myself and others is elevated.
Doing what you cannot do is like Life gave you a hall pass and said, "Do it, fail, and I will reward you with strength, character, confidence, and belief."
It's like there's a pot of gold on the other side of failing that no one wants because they're too scared to fail...but if I fail, I'll earn strength, character, confidence, and belief? Yes.
Name one person right now who doesn't wish they were stronger, more confident, wanted to change their beliefs, and were a little more unflappable?
And it's all right there on the other side of doing what you cannot do.
When's the last time you did something for the first time?
Do what you cannot do.
And here's another question. When you failed, how fast did you run back at it again?
The only thing I would change in Mrs. Roosevelt's quote would be to add the word "repeatedly."
That's the qualifier to developing strength, character, confidence, and belief.
Doing what you cannot do is like trying that new exercise at the gym. The video made it look easy, but when you tried it, it looked terrible. Even though you felt stupid and looked foolish, you banged out a few sets.
The following work out, you try the same exercise again. This time it's not so bad. Two weeks later, you're so good at it that you're showing others how to do your favorite exercise. As a benefit, both inside and out, you look and feel different (confidence); you've developed new muscles (strength); you're looking on Instagram for new exercises (belief), and you're becoming that go-to person (character).
I'd rather know that I can't through trying than think that I can't by assuming.
Doing what you cannot do brings benefits of strength, character, confidence, and belief; not doing because I don't think I can do it bears consequences of weakness, lack of confidence, doubt, and being unreliable.
Doing what you cannot do goes for all actions.
Reach out to that well-known author to be on your podcast.
Ask the out-of-my-league person out for dinner.
Throw your name in the hat for the VP position or large sales territory.
Call on your competitor's giant, whale of an account.
Do what you "cannot" do.
What's the worst that can happen? A no? A fail?
But what are the benefits of repeatedly doing this over and over again? More. Strength, character, confidence, and belief.
I'm pulling for you.
Remember, the greatest sale you'll ever make is to sell you on you. Never settle; keep selling no matter what.