When I was a boy, I used to enjoy going to local county fair to see the flea circus. I couldn’t comprehend, at first, how those tiny fleas could be trained to hop and jump around on miniature trampolines and trapezes and not leap out of their little arenas that had no roofs. I found out from the man who put on the show that he kept the fleas in a cardboard shoebox with a lid on it with pinpricked holes so the fleas could breathe. Fleas normally can jump to a height of several feet; however the “circus” fleas continually hit the box lid and soon learned that six inches was their maximum limit. When the lid was removed, because they had been trained to lower their expectations, they didn’t even attempt to jump out of their circus arena.
We humans certainly are more intelligent than fleas, but similar behavior patterns seem to be consistent no matter the species. We observe role models. We imitate their behavior. Through repetition, the imitation becomes habitual like brushing our teeth or driving our cars. If the feedback is negative and painful, we reinforce our failed attempts and settle for mediocrity. If the feedback is positive, we are motivated to try a different approach and keep reaching for our highest aspirations.
Subconscious reflections of past mistakes, fears of future failures, and fear of the unknown tend to act as ceilings or lids on our achievements.
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