The human mind is amazing but is very susceptible to (negative) suggestion. I think pain (including ‘pain’ from exercise/exertion) is the best example, e.g. people being operated on without anesthetic but experiencing no pain because they are distracted by something.
These thoughts were prompted by this little parable, which illustrates the point perfectly (with thanks to Steve Mills for sending it to me):
The Tiny Frog
“We must stand guard at the doorway of our minds”
Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.
A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants. The race began.
Honestly: No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as: “Oh, way too difficult!” “They will never make it to the top.” “Not a chance that they will succeed.” “The tower is too high!”
The tiny frogs began collapsing one by one – except for those who kept a fresh tempo and kept climbing higher and higher.
The crowd continued to yell, “It is too difficult! No one will make it!” More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.
But one continued higher and higher and higher. This one wouldn’t give up.
At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top.
All of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it. Another contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal.
It turned out… the winner was deaf. The wisdom of this story is: Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic. They take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you if you let them– the ones you have in your heart!
Be deaf to the people who tell you that you cannot fulfil your dreams, goals and aspirations.