I often meet people who are stuck in one area of their life or another. They want a break-through, but they can't seem to get traction.
Contrary to what they think, it's not about having: More money; More time; The right contacts; or Better luck.
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Instead, it almost always is about overcoming an invisible barrier that exists in their own head.
The barrier isn't something external. It's something internal--something they have created in their own mind.
Years ago, I heard a speaker talk about a research project conducted by a marine biologist. It seems he put a barracuda in a large tank. He then released smaller, bait fish into the same tank. As expected, the barracuda attacked and ate the smaller fish.
Then the researcher inserted a piece of glass into the tank, creating two separate chambers. He put the barracuda into one and new bait fish into the second. The barracuda immediately attacked.
This time, however, he hit the glass and bounced off. Undaunted, the barracuda kept repeating this behavior every few minutes. Meanwhile, the bait fish swam unharmed in the second chamber. Eventually, the barracuda 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 striking 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 unassailed, wherever they wished.
Too often, we are like the barracuda. The barrier isn't "out there." It only exists inside our heads.
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