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Overcoming Any Obstacle With A Simple Mindset: I CAN. I WILL. I MUST.

by Parin Patel

Overcoming Any Obstacle With A Simple Mindset: I CAN. I WILL. I MUST.

Overcoming Any Obstacle With A Simple Mindset: I CAN. I WILL. I MUST.

Last week’s Thank God It’s Monday (TGIM) episode, OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST, reminded me of ET’s original Secrets to Success speech.

For me, and I’m sure for many of you, it had the same sense of urgency.
The same urgent call for action.

A call for us to dig deep.
Regardless of whatever challenges we’re facing.
Whatever roadblocks we see.
Whatever pain we’re going through.

It was a call, and reminder, for us to dig deep within.
And uncover the courage, will and determination we have within us.
To use that to overcome our challenges.
Whatever they may be.

To declare that:
I CAN. I WILL. I MUST.

I CAN.

I CAN.

I WILL.

I WILL.

I MUST.

I MUST.

Just like ET did when he was homeless on the streets of Detroit.

I went from being homeless to where I am right now.

And the first thing I did was,
you better hear me closely,
the first thing I did was,
I said,
‘I CAN get through this.
I CAN get through this.’

– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

If you haven’t watched last week’s episode yet, make sure you watch it below. Especially if you’re facing some tough challenges in your life right now.

And here are some of my favorite quotes and messages from the episode, along with MJ’s inspiring Sketchnote of the episode:

An inspiring Sketchnote for TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE - I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

An inspiring Sketchnote for TGIM Season 7 Episode 12:
OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST
Designed by MJ

Listen to me very closely.

I need you to do me a favor.
I need you to do me a favor.

Listen to me.

Uh uh.
Don’t worry about what’s going to happen the rest of this year.
Like, don’t even give me the rest of this month.
Like, flat out.
I’m not interested in tomorrow.

Like, today!
Do me a huge favor.
Can you just survive today?

Alright, I want you to say this with me.
Hahaaaaaa!

‘Cause I’mma give you what helped your boy out.
Alright?
So, I need you to say this with me.

I CAN.
I WILL. Yup.
I MUST.
– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

Alright, for real;
this a different TGIM.

I just need you to do me a huge favor.

Come on,
come on,
work with me.
Work with me.

I CAN. [clap, clap, clap, clap]
I WILL. Hahaaa!
I MUST!

Are you hearing what I’m telling you?

Now I’m not an English teacher,
so,
I’m not asking you to say this just to be saying it.

Like I want you to speak life into that thing!
Whatever it is!
What’s frustrating you.

Like, for real,
you feel like,
‘E, I can’t fail another test.’

Like, ‘I can’t go through another day like this.’
Like, ‘E, I can’t handle it! I can’t take it!’

Listen to me very closely.

Say it with me!
And breathe life into whatever that thing is.
We gonna speak life into death right now.

Whatever your circumstances are,
say it with me:

I CAN. Yup.

I need you to feel it.
I CAN.

I remember when I was homeless,
I was like, ‘I CAN get through this!’

Listen to me:
I WILL!
I WILL get through this.

Aaahhhhhhhhhhh!
Wooooooooooooo!

I MUST get through this!
– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

Look,
I need you to look at that sickness
that’s going on in your life right now.

Whatever it is,
I want you to say,
‘I CAN beat it. Yup.
[clap clap clap].
I CAN beat it!
I WILL beat it!
I MUST!
I got kids to live for!
I gotta a family to live for!
I ain’t through yet!
My life ain’t over yet!’

Listen to me!

I need you to
– that test you failed the third time,
I need you to look at that test and speak life into it.

I went from being homeless to where I am right now.

And the first thing I did was,
you better hear me closely,
the first thing I did was,
I said,
‘I CAN get through this.
I CAN get through this.’

Y’all gotta do me a huge favor.

You just gotta have that mindset,
that no matter what you going through,
no matter what challenges you facing right now,
you gotta have that mindset that,
‘I CAN get through this thing.
I CAN make it through it!’
– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

And I made it through.
Listen to me.

I out-last.
Some things you just gotta out-last.

Every sleepless night.
Listen to me!
Every cold night.
The winter of Detroit.
In the abandoned building.
In cars.

Sleeping in;
listen to me,
I was sleeping all over.

I out-lasted it!

There are some things in life
you don’t need no degree for,
you don’t need no money for,
listen to me,
you don’t need no support for.

There are some things in life
you just gonna get through
when you tell yourself,
‘I’m gonna get through this!’
– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

This is the TGIM where I tell you,
you can get through it!

And then second,
you just gotta out-last some stuff.

That’s for real.

Haters
– I had all kinds of stuff
and I just made up in my mind;
Look, I might not have been stronger.

Listen to me.
I might not have been smarter.
I might not have been brighter.

But I made up in my mind,
‘I’m gonna get through this!’
– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

Look,
998 hits,
he had 2 or 3 left,
and he would have cracked that thing.

But you know why he never succeeded?
And why most of you never succeeded?
Because you keep giving up!
– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

And I’m telling you,
some things in life;
it’s not about what you think it is.

It’s just about making up your mind,
that you are not gonna give up,
you are not gonna quit.

And so your boy went from being homeless
to where I am now,
and I failed classes guys.

Listen to me.

Just because you failed,
don’t make you a failure.

And just because you lost,
don’t make you a loser.

And what I did,
that most people are not willing to do,
is I just never gave up!

Consistent!
I just never quit!
– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

If you watching me,
I know something about you;
I know something about you.

I know you’re not a quitter.
I know you’re a survivor.
I know you’re a survivor.

If you’re watching me right now,
I know something about you.

You’re a survivor.

So I want you to get off this,
I want you to cut it off,
I want you to go in the mirror,
and I want you to make the rest of your life,
the best of your life.

I CAN.
I WILL.
I MUST!

– Eric Thomas, TGIM Season 7 Episode 12: OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

I CAN.

I CAN.

I WILL.

I WILL.

I MUST.

I MUST.

What obstacles are you facing right now? How is this TGIM episode helping you overcome them?

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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Nyki October 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I am in tears when ever I read these messages and watch the videos. I was tired of being called a loser (by myself) and tired of being called fat and lazy (by myself). I decided, enough is enough is enough and I am declaring a change from here on out. I CAN, I WILL, I MUST get through this!
Thank you for everything E.T.!!!!!! You have no idea what your words mean to me.

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Parin Patel November 18, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Glad you find this message so moving Nyki!

Always remember that our thoughts become our reality. So never, ever, think that you aren’t good enough. We’re all put on this earth for a purpose. And it’s just up to us to go out and recognize it and take advantage of the opportunities that we have (and recognize that failure is a part of the process..like ET says, ‘A setback is a setup for a comeback.’)

Wishing you nothing, but greatness!

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Ccc January 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

I’m trying to graduate and there is a company I’m tying to get in for a year called Sch lumverger, When I do it I will come and see ET to thank him

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