As I sit here on my computer I have The Biggest Loser on television. There is a contestant on the white team that is afraid of water. I haven’t really been watching or paying attention to the show so I’m not sure why but she can’t deal with being near water. Of course, the challenge has to do with water. She is required to walk across a balance beam over water. Needless to say she freaks out and ends up jumping off the balance beam, landing ridiculously awkwardly. She ends up with a bloody nose, a black eye and a broken finger.
What followed was helplessness. This contestant was crying because of the fact that she let herself and her son (her teammate) down and she basically conceded that they already lost the competition. Helplessness is a huge problem in American. Obese people feel helpless in regards to food and exercise. People in debt feel helpless with money. This is a mindset.
Jillian Michaels, one of the trainers on the show, then took this contestant out into the pool and proceded to teach the woman how to swim. The fear of water for her was a mindset. The helplessness she felt was because she had a barrier in her mind that limited her to think that she can’t swim. She might have believed that she was an old dog. Jillian didn’t teach her to swim physically. Physically the lady knew how to kick her feet and swing her arms. What Jillian had to do was to break down the barrier of helplessness.
This show is amazing to me not just because of the physical things that people accomplish but the mental things. I would love to meet someone before and after being on that show for a while. I will bet that you would see a stronger person. Their demeanor will change. Their tone of voice will change. The words they use will change. They will hold their heads a little bit higher. Not because of a physical change but because of their mental change. They realized that they can do things they never thought possible.
Sometimes we are only holding ourselves back. We all have self-limiting beliefs that hold us back. What have you wanted to do but felt you couldn’t?
It was Henry Ford who said,
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
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