The Spell of Effort

Just by changing a single word, a curse can turn into a spell, and vice versa.

Hoang Nguyen
3 min readDec 21, 2023


The Spell of Efforts
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Ever since I was young, I've been fascinated with magical worlds, where just by thinking in your head or reciting spells, you can create magic that helps people achieve their desires.

Spells are powerful words that enable us to harness the strength of our inner force and the natural world, making our lives more comfortable and effortless.

The existence of such enchantments in our world is uncertain, but we each possess an innate power. It's about learning to cultivate and utilize this power to attain our aspirations.

Years of perseverance have taught me that a simple word change can turn a curse into a spell for effort.

Before talking about spells, let's talk about curses.

Contrary to enchantments are curses, types of magic that lead to one's decline and multiple hardships. "I can't" is a particularly insidious, self-imposed, and self-defeating curse.

  • I can't accomplish that task.
  • That skill seems too challenging to master.
  • I can't wake up early because I am a night owl.

The more we believe in our inabilities, the more we limit our potential for personal growth and new experiences.

The Spell of Efforts
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The "I Can't" curse

Believing "I can't" does something requires a specific, unattainable ability.

The more we dwell on this belief, the more our minds seek and affirm evidence supporting this self-imposed limitation. Gradually, the "I can't" impediment diminishes our self-assurance and abilities, shutting us from embracing new challenges.

True, no one is born capable of everything, but often, we quit before even trying, dooming ourselves to perpetual inability.

Changing just one word can turn that curse into a powerful spell.