While the “Northern Pike,” also known throughout Europe, the United States and Canada as the “Water Wolf” and “Jack Fish,” is one of the largest, most powerful and aggressively carnivorous fish in the northern hemisphere, it suffers from what your “Life Coach” might refer to as “Self Limiting Perspectives” or “Stinkin’ Thinkin’”
You see, these tyrannical terrors of the Northern waters, who normally feast off every other fish in the water, from trout to large salmon, can quite easily allow themselves to be psyched into complacent attitudes of surrender by the simplest, minor setbacks.
You see, if a Northern Pike is placed into a large fish tank that is separated into two sides by a glass wall dissecting the center of the tank, he can quickly be turned into a submissive quitter who pathetically accepts failure without even trying to rectify the situation.
Now normally a Northern Pike would finish off 10 minnows tossed into its tank in about 15 seconds. However, if you put the pike into his half of the separated tank and place 10 minnows in the other compartment of the tank to teasingly swim around for a while, something very weird happens.
The more the minnows freely and quite visibly swim around on their half of the tank, the hungrier and more aggressively the Pike will try to attack and feed on the little fish, but to no avail!
After numerous unsuccessful efforts to get to these minnows by battering it’s snout against the glass divider, it begins to “LEARN” that reaching the minnows is an impossible task, and it eventually resigns itself to its fate of fish feeding failure!
But what’s truly amazing is the fact that, after the divider is removed, the Pike will continue to sit in solemn sadness, even though the minnows are now free to swim all around the giant “Killer.” The minnows will get right up in the Pike’s face, brush across it continually as they swim all around the comatose carnivore, and the Pike will just sit there, depressed and downtrodden.
What does any of this mean to you and I. A lot! The Pike Syndrome warns us to beware of ignoring the constant changes that occur all around us all the time.
Opportunities rise and fall like the changing tide, so we must consistently stay in tune with the constant alterations in our environment or we will pass up excellent chances to succeed, based purely on OLD, out of date information!
Our own self limiting perceptions can block us from seeing new opportunities all around us, based on being lost in the facts of the past. We need to constantly stay tuned in on shifting circumstances and continually question and test our assumptions about our limitations.
One thing that you can always count on in life and business is the consistently inconsistent “ebb & flow” of CHANGE!
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Originally posted 2009-05-01 22:26:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter