One of my favourite bloggers is Michael Hyatt and he recently shared a story about an experiment that was conducted a few years ago by a marine biologist.
The biologist placed a barracuda into a small tank and then added some small bait fish.
As you would expect, the barracuda quickly ate the smaller fish.
Then the researcher inserted a piece of glass into the tank, creating two separate sections. He put the barracuda on one side and new bait fish into the other.
The barracuda immediately attacked.
This time, however, he hit the glass and bounced off.
Undaunted, the barracuda kept repeating this behaviour every few minutes.
Meanwhile, the bait fish swam unharmed in the second section until the barracuda eventually gave up.
The biologist repeated this experiment several times over the next few days.
Each time, the barracuda got less aggressive, until eventually he got tired of hitting the glass and stopped attacking altogether.
Then the researcher removed the glass.
The barracuda, now trained to believe a barrier existed between him and the bait fish, didn’t attack. The bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm.
This story is a great reminder that sometimes after receiving multiple setbacks, we just give up and stop trying.
Even when there are no longer obstacles in our path, we have a tendency to train our mind to think that because we were unsuccessful in the past, then there is an unpassable barrier in our way.
Don’t fall for it!
Make sure that any obstacles to your success are real and not just mental barriers.
And then work out a plan to overcome them.
Thanks Michael for the timely reminder.
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