The Little Engine that Could

By Meeghan, 6 November, 2008

It may be a children’s story but The Little Engine that Could is about the value of optimism and hard work.

In the tale, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain. When other larger engines built for hard work refuse to pull the train because the task seems impossible, a little locomotive is called upon. “I think I can,” puffs the little engine bravely. Huffing and puffing up the hill the little engine keeps repeating, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”. And nearing the top of the hill that had discouraged all of the larger engines, the little locomotive congratulates itself by saying, “I thought I could”.

Obviously parallels can be drawn to physical training. It’s not uncommon for me to hear “I can’t” on a daily basis. Next time when the words “I can’t” begin to form, try saying “I think I can”.

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