I'd see other students where math appeared to be so easy for them. Now, when I took the courses a second time, they were easy. I made very good grades with little to no effort. I'd always wondered why that was.
Was it because I already had basic understanding of the subject matter? If I did, why was there a need to take the course twice. Did the teacher have better understanding of the subject matter and taught it better? Maybe.
For me, the real reason was whenever I would take a new math class, I'd automatically tell myself I wasn't good at math. I knew I was going to have a hard time. More than likely I'd fail the class.
As a result, at the first sign of difficulty, I'd quit. My effort decreased because I knew my ceiling had been reached. I was at my limit. I knew this, because I told myself I wasn't good at math and there would come a point beyond which I wouldn't or felt I couldn't go. The effort I put forth or the lack of effort, corresponded with how far I thought I could go.
My math bar wasn't set very high.
Your Physical Actions Follow Your Thoughts
When your mind dwells on success, failure, faith or fear, your actions will follow. When you dwell on faith and success, you will achieve positive and successful results. In the same way, when you dwell on failure and fear, you will achieve negative and not so successful results.
It depends on where you've set your internal thermostat regarding your self image. There is a powerful link between thinking and physical responses.
There was an experiment done in the 1960s, where there were two groups of students. These students were instructed to shoot a certain number of free throws. The results were recorded. Then the groups were given a week to practice.
One group was instructed to actually go to the gym and practice. The other group was instructed to only visualize shooting the free throws and seeing the ball go into the basketball.
After a week, each group returned to the gym, to shoot free throws again. The result was very interesting. They found that the group that had only visualized making the shots had the same degree of improvement as the group that actually practiced shooting free throws.
Your actions will follow your thoughts.
You Mean I Can Run That Fast?
Some physicians and trainers even believed it couldn't be achieved without damaging someone's heart and possibly resulting in death. In those days, whenever there were track and field tournaments, world class runners couldn't complete the mile within four minutes.
In spite of the prevalent belief of the day, one man, Roger Bannister, believed it could be done. Bannister began trying different running styles in order to break the barrier.
Roger Bannister, along with changing his running style, put himself through rigorous mental training and his thought patterns.
Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. What is most amazing about this, is after he broke the four minute barrier, runners around the world began to run the mile in under four minutes.
Someone else broke his record within a month. By the end of the year, six more runners had broken the four minute barrier. Within another year sixty runners had broken the barrier. Bannister's change in thinking and believing helped to change everyone's thinking about running a mile.
What barrier are you trying to push through? What barrier have you not been able to cross, due to your own limiting thoughts and low self image? How high is your bar and why have you limited it?
Eye hasn't seen, ear hasn't heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). You may be saying to yourself that you can't possibly conceive of God doing great things through you. There was a time, no one believed you could run a mile in under four minutes either, but it was proven you could.
Jesus said with man this is impossible but all things are possible for God. Your actions will follow your thoughts. "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). Fix your eyes upon Jesus and raise your bar.