Your “Can Do” Winning Attitude!

As I travel about the country, helping CEOs, entrepreneurs
and their people grow their businesses, I never know what
cool stuff I’ll find in the halls and on the walls.

Once, I spotted a beautifully framed poster in a Houston office. While the frame was a vibrant, rich cherry, it was the poster’s content that offered the “real riches.” It’s from the Executive Gallery and is titled, “Can-Do Winning Attitudes.”

There are two columns, the “Can’t Do” and the “Can Do.” Each, offers you a choice. A perspective. An attitude for
action or inaction. As you’ll see, the choices you make—will drive your relationships, results and revenue.

Can’t Do: We’ve never done it before
Can Do: We have the opportunity to be first

Can’t Do: It’s too complicated
Can Do: Let’s look at it from a different angle

Can’t Do: We don’t have the resources
Can Do: Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Can’t Do: It will never work
Can Do: We’ll give it a try

Can’t Do: There’s not enough time
Can Do: We’ll re-evaluate some priorities

Can’t Do: We already tried it
Can Do: We learned from the experience

Can’t Do: There’s no way it will work
Can Do: We can make it work

Can’t Do: It’s a waste of time
Can Do: Think of the possibilities

Can’t Do: It’s a waste of money
Can Do: The investment will be worth it.

Can’t Do: We’ll cannibalize our own sales
Can Do: We’ll do it before they do

Can’t Do: We don’t have the expertise
Can Do: Let’s network with those who do

Can’t Do: We can’t compete
Can Do: We’ll get a jump on the competition

Can’t Do: Our vendors won’t go for it
Can Do: Let’s show them the opportunities

Can’t Do: It’s good enough
Can Do: There is always room for improvement

Can’t Do: We don’t have enough money
Can Do: Maybe there’s something we can cut

Can’t Do: We’re understaffed
Can Do: We’re a lean, mean machine

Can’t Do: We don’t have enough room
Can Do: Temporary space may be an option

Can’t Do: It will never fly
Can Do: We’ll never know until we try

Can’t Do: We don’t have the equipment
Can Do: Maybe we can sub it out

Can’t Do: It’s not going to be any better
Can Do: We’ll try it one more time

Can’t Do: It can’t be done
Can Do: It will be a challenge

Can’t Do: No one communicates
Can Do: Let’s open the channels

Can’t Do: Isn’t it time to go home?
Can Do: Days go so quickly around here

Can’t Do: I don’t have any idea
Can Do: I’ll come up with some alternatives

Can’t Do: Let somebody else deal with it
Can Do: I’m ready to learn something new

Can’t Do: We’re always changing direction
Can Do: We’re in touch with our customers

Can’t Do: It’s too radical a change
Can Do: Let’s take a chance

Can’t Do: It takes too long for approval
Can Do: We’ll walk it through the system

Can’t Do: Our customers won’t buy it
Can Do: We’ll do better at educating them

Can’t Do: Our company is the wrong size
Can Do: We’re perfect for this project

Can’t Do: It doesn’t fit us
Can Do: We should look at it

Can’t Do: It’s contrary to policy
Can Do: Anything’s possible

Can’t Do: It’s not my job
Can Do: I’ll be glad to take the responsibility

Can’t Do: I can’t
Can Do: I can!

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Well, the choice is yours. What type of person are you: Can’t do? Or CAN DO?


Jeff is a Hall of Fame speaker, best selling author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer. His clients call him a "business-growth specialist." If you hire speakers, please contact Sheryl Kantor at: 847.998.0688 or [email protected]. And visit to learn more about his other business-growth tools and to subscribe to Jeff's FREE e-letter, The Results Report . Jeff's books include; Stop Whining! Start Selling!, (an Amazon Bestseller), and the new, revised 5th edition of the bestselling Peak Your Profits. You can also stay connected with Jeff via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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