What can I do?
What, can I do?
Can you see how the comma changes the entire meaning of the question?
If you use the first ‘what can I do’ when faced with a challenge then you feel as though you have no control. On the other hand if you use the second one then your mind switches to finding ideas and resources to overcome the challenge.
This is a simple mental adjustment but can make a huge difference in your life. It moves you from passive position to an active role.
You can also use this tactic in anything you’re trying accomplish. Choose something you want to get done, ask yourself ‘what, can I do?’ And then make a list of 3-5 really small things you can do right now to get you started.
Develop the habit of moving the comma, and see how it changes your life.