What we believe to be true has more impact on us than what is actually true.
Last week, I saw an inspiring quote on social media: “According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee can’t fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know anything about the laws of aerodynamics, so it goes ahead and flies anyway.”- Igor Sikorsky
I was so inspired by it that I decided to write a blog about the amazing bumblebee. Unfortunately, I ran into a minor problem once I started researching it. Although this is a very motivating quote, it isn’t true.
It seems that, around 80 years ago, there was a scientist who did a calculation about how a bumblebee flies. His calculation mistakenly assumed that a bee has rigid wings, which is doesn’t. This minor mistake caused the equation not to work. The incorrect findings, stating that the flight of a bumblebee defies the laws of physics, got published. Now, even though scientists from many countries have correctly shown how physics supports the flight of bumblebees, the myth still lives on.
Regardless of truth, this inspirational quote is being re-tweeted and posted all over the world. Which leads me to the conclusion that I stated at the beginning of this blog: What we believe to be true has more impact on us than what is actually true. Click To Tweet
Bigger than bumblebees, this applies to every area of our life. We all have self-limiting beliefs that we allow to hold us back, regardless of whether or not they are true.
What are self-limiting beliefs? They are anything that we believe to be true that prevents us from achieving our full potential. They may be something we believe about ourselves: I’m not good enough, I’m not pretty enough, I’ll never be successful. They could be something we believe about others: they get more opportunities than I do, they have more talent, they are smarter than I am. It can also be a world view that we hold: women can’t be as successful as men, successful people only care about money, people from “my side of the tracks” can never make it in this world. None of these are actually facts; they are opinions. But we let them control us like they are the laws of physics. We believe that the laws of physics prove that we can’t succeed. But those are erroneous equations, just like the bumblebee.
The lies we tell ourselves have been holding us all back. Today, let’s stop believing those things and start living to prove our own potential!