“You can do it” is definitely one of my all-time favorite movie lines, especially the way Rob Schneider says it in Adam Sandler’s Waterboy. It’s also one of my favorite motivations for life.
Encouragement Versus Praise
“You can do it” is even compatible with the latest research on encouragement versus praise. At Living Montessori Now, I published a post on “A Montessori Approach to Praise.” New research says we need to be careful about giving excessive praise, be careful about praising for talent and intelligence. It’s better to give encouragement or specific praise for hard work. Otherwise, we’re at risk of our kids becoming afraid to try new things, afraid of failure, afraid of not living up to expectations. That’s something none of us wants, whether our kids are athletes, scholars, businesspeople, or artists.
But “you can do it” and “you did it” still work.
“You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” Jimmy Carter
“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. And you can do it when things are tough.” Richard M DeVos
“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.” Priscilla Welch
“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” Ralph Marston
“I wasn’t popular in high school. I was the weird kid. So to all you weird kids out there – you can do it.” Adam Lambert
“You can do it all by yo self!” Lil Jon
Even though “growth mindset” wasn’t a popular term when the movie was produced, “You can do it!” can fit well with growth mindset ideas. A person might need a new strategy or to make extra effort to succeed, but who doesn’t need the encouragement to persevere? Who doesn’t need the belief that they can do it?
You can find many growth mindset quotes and resources for both kids and adults here.
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