As we all know a new term means a new beginning, a fresh start for us all. Maybe last term we weren’t as successful as we hoped to be or achieved our academic goals. This reminds me of a story of a scientist, who placed a shark and a few small fish in a tank together. As expected, the shark attacked and ate all the fish. The scientist then placed a fibreglass panel in between the shark and smaller fish, the shark tried to attack the fish but was unsuccessful.
The shark tried several times until it gave up. Then one day the scientist removed the glass panel, but the shark did not attack the fish, he believed that the panel was still there, and the fish swam freely. The moral of this story is that many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying.
Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and where we want to go. Let this term, be the one where we remove all our old negative views about ourselves and build a new and more positive one. [read more]