When my friend Julie and I were taking her six-month old son (my godson) to a swimming class the other day, I was amazed how courageous the little one was in water.
Some you might remember… I am afraid of water. Yep, I am a scuba diver who is afraid of water. That the little child had no fear with water was astonishing to me.
My mother used to scare me when I was little. “Don’t swim in the ocean. The sharks might eat you alive.” She still says the same thing today. This “water is scary” belief took me a long time to overcome. Guess what? I am not passing this one on to anyone else.
In his book, “”, David Schwartz once said “Belief is the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life.”
If you believe you can swim, you can. If you believe you can’t, you can’t.
Just like everything else in life, no one can ever stop you from doing anything if you believe you can do it and you decide to do it.
We all learn a few preconceptions from our parents. Some are encouraging. Some are discouraging.
I don’t want you to challenge everything you learn from your parents, but I want you to be selective and be choosy there once in a while.
Choose your thoughts carefully. Watch out for those nonsense beliefs which are simply not true and stopping you from becoming who you are supposed to be.
After all, we are all products of our own thoughts. No one has right to tell you what you should or should not do. It is all up to you.
While playing in the water in his mother’s arm, my little godson slowly learned how to breathe underwater. He was having fun, laughing and enjoying his time as an amateur swimmer.
As far I know he believes that he is an excellent swimmer. He would never need to know what he doesn’t need to know.
Think About this…
A wise man once said: “It is not who you are that holds you back, it is who you think you are not.”
Who do you think you are?
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