Yes, You Can

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As a teen, I could not imagine myself being able to barefoot waterski backwards. It just seemed like an impossible trick. All I could do as a teen was barefoot water ski forwards in a straight line.

At the age of 45, after seven days of trying and learning, I finally stood up on the water–backwards.

What made it possible?

I had a role model who was 22 years older than me who showed me that age didn’t matter.

My instructor was a World Barefoot Champion–I learned from an expert–which cut my learning time in half.

I had several mentors who encouraged me with a “Yes you can,” attitude.

I had a different mindset–I was determined, I wanted to achieve it, and I believed I could (although there were times of doubt and lots of frustration during the falls!)

So if there’s something you want to achieve, here are some steps to help you along the way:

Become clear on what you want. (Crystal clear–because people will put doubt in your mind!)

Find role models who are doing what you want to do.

Learn from an expert.

Feed your mind with positive images and beliefs.

Do the work.



Karen Putz is known as “The Passion Mentor.” She is the author of several books, including “Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want.” Learn more at:

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