On Developing a Can-Do Attitude


Typically, when one says that we should have a “can-do” attitude, s/he is talking about a mindset oriented towards possibilities. It is an optimism that one can do whatever s/he sets their mind to.

The shadow side of this mindset is that we run the risk of burnout: If we go beyond healthy optimism and are no longer grounded in reality, then we think we can do more than we actually can. We may take on too much.

A healthy can-do attitude honors limitations. It realistically establishes the place from where we are starting in order to get a sense of how far we can go, AND it has us saying that, at the end of the day, we can only do what we can do.