The other day I was reading a very interesting story concerning a shark attack that occurred way back in 1916. It played off along the North East coast of the U.S. and concerned a great white shark, that had been had been terrorizing the New Jersey beaches.
Now everybody knows and accepts that a shark is a creature of the sea and needs salty water to survive. Therefore, nobody thought that a shark may attack them in freshwater, but that is exactly what happened later that year.
This particular shark remained close to the shore and eventually swam up a river stream around Raritan Bay, attacking a couple of bathers upstream.
Shortly before the attacks occurred, a retired Sea captain, by the name of Thomas Cottrell saw this shark swimming upstream while crossing a bridge. He couldn’t believe his eyes, but nevertheless got into his boat and raised the alarm. Not surprisingly nobody believed him. “A shark in a river? C’mon, get real, It’s not possible.”
But you know what? As incredible as it seemed there was a shark in the river and all those who didn’t heed the warnings were in danger of being attacked.
Eventually this shark killed two people. The first victim was a teenager who may or may not have heard Cottrell’s warning. Shortly after this attack another man jumped in the water to look for the victim, even though he was told there is a shark in the water. He too was attacked and died from a severe loss of blood.
While reading this I couldn’t help thinking about belief systems. If the swimmers had believed Captain Cottrell when he told them there was a shark in the river, chances are that nobody would have been killed by this shark on that day.
But because they believed it is “impossible” for a shark to be found in freshwater they disregarded the warning altogether.
So whether we realize it or not, our belief systems impact our daily lives in more ways than we can imagine. There are people who overcame extraordinary odds and accomplished great feats. Everyday, we hear stories of people who were told by the so-called “experts” they didn’t have what it took, yet made it regardless.
The lesson here is that anything is possible, both the good and unfortunately bad. By believing or not believing in something doesn’t mean you will not be affected by whatever happens. But it means that based on what you believe, you may take some action which may save you from something terrible or may get you out of a terrible situation.
There are many of us who have found themselves in terrible situations. Those of us who have changed our situation, did it because we believed we could.
Those who don’t obviously don’t believe that they can change their situation otherwise they would have done something about it, right?
How many opportunities have you missed just because you thought it wouldn’t work or wasn’t possible? Just think what you could do if you believed that you could do anything, even realize your dreams?
What great talent do you have which you have done nothing about, because you probably believed you can’t do it.
I hope to have shown you through this short post that anything is possible. And that by just believing, “I Can,” your battle is already half-won.