submitted by Solomon Brenner, author of “Black Belt Parenting” and Master Instructor for Action Karate
Ever wonder how people train fleas for a flea circus? Probably not, but the flea trainers actually have an important lesson to teach us about reaching our full potential.
You train fleas by putting them in a jar with a lid on top of it. Fleas jump, so initially they will jump and hit the lid of the jar over and over again. Eventually, they will stop hitting the lid.
They adjust the height at which they jump to prevent themselves from hitting the hard surface. You can then take the lid off the jar and the fleas won’t jump out. They have conditioned themselves to jump to a certain height, so they won’t ever jump higher than that.
People are the same way.
When we first start going after our goals or ambitions, life seems limitless. Along the way we hit roadblocks, fall down and drag ourselves back up again. We are susceptible to the negative influence of other people. Eventually we stop trying to jump quite so high.
The realm of possibility seems much smaller.
Creating these mental blocks for yourself (or letting them be created by others) cheats you of your true potential. The second you think, “I can’t,” it becomes true. If you don’t believe you can do something, there’s no way you’re even going to try, let alone succeed.
Instead of saying, “I can’t,” start thinking, “how can I?” You open yourself up to a whole new world of possibilities. By changing the terms of your thinking you might find another way to attain your goal.
Always explore more than one avenue. The mind is like a parachute: it only works if it’s open.
With the right mindset, you can jump out of the jar.