Are you a barracuda? This may be a silly question, but allow me to share a story with you before you answer the question just now…
Listen to this story. Sometimes ago, scientist carried out a simple experiment on a barracuda. They put the barracuda into a big glass aquarium. They began to feed the barracuda with small fishes. The barracuda would swim towards the small fishes and in one gulp would swallow the fishes. They continued putting the small fishes into the glass container as good for the barracuda.
Then on day the scientist put a glass partition at the center of the glass aquarium. They put the small fishes into the opposite side of the glass aquarium. As the barracuda approached to have it’s food, it would hit against the glass partition. It was puzzled in the beginning, but it kept on trying.
And It kept on failing and hitting against the glass partition until one day, it stopped trying. The scientist then removed the glass partition, and the small fishes were released to swim all over the glass aquarium.
The amazing discovery was that the barracuda did not try to go for the fishes. It has been conditioned to think that it will only hit against the glass partition. The sad thing was that, eventually, the barracuda died surrounded with abundance of food.
And the moral of the story? Just like the barracuda most of us will stop ourselves from trying just because we experienced failures in the past. We will think that since we failed before, why we should try again since we will probably get the same result. We prefer to die rather than try, just like the barracuda. We have been conditioned not to try anymore because of the fear of failure. To be successful we have to get rid of this limiting belief, and accept a new and empowering belief, “the future does not equal the past”.
So do you think you are a barracuda now? It is difficult to say though, some people will just get dragged down by their past. They thought that they are never going to be successful just because they failed in the past before.
If you failed maths in your exam, chances are, you will think that you are bad in maths. And eventually you will condition yourself with this belief, which is your math is lousy. And this will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. You start to act lazy in doing maths excercise, you shut your mind towards all the possibility in maths, and you keep telling yourself that it’s useless because you are just bad in maths. In the end, you did poorly in maths just because you “think” that you are bad in maths.
The same principle applies in our daily life. You can see this example in the investing world. For those who burned their hands before in the stock market, highly likely that they will tell you investing in stock is risky and you will get burned as well.
The same thing happens everyday in life when you hear people telling you that something is impossible to do. Do you know that all the things that you see in this world once started from a thought that most people “think” its impossible to achieve? Look at your computer, your phone, your Ipad and everything around you. They are once an idea, and those extraodinary people manifest these ideas into real life simply because they ignore what’s “impossible”.
Here is a very interesting video you must watch from Kung Fu Panda. I love the quote that they used in the movie, “yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present”.
What’s past you cannot change, you can only learn from it. And you cannot change the future as well, all you can do is to just plan and dream about the future that you want. As for now, it is a gift, because right now at this moment, you are in control and you can do whatever you want. You can use this moment now to decide to live a successful life. You can choose right now to never get dragged down by the past. You can decide right now to never feel inferior that you can achieve much more in life. That is why they call today, the present.
Success will not come in the first try. Since from before, we human uses the trial and error method to achieve success. Which means that if you never fail before, you are not going to discover how to success. Therefore, don’t stop finding your route to success, and never let the past to determine your future.
Remember, you are not a barracuda!