In 1950, Curt Richter, a college professor, conducted a chilling experiment on rats to study how long they could survive before drowning.
First he took a dozen rats, put them in glass jars, filled them with water and watched them drown. The jugs were too big so they couldn't grab the sides or jump out.
On average, they stopped resisting after about 15 minutes.
But then Richter put a twist on his experiment.
Just before they died of exhaustion, the researchers removed the rats from the jars, let them rest for a few minutes before putting them back in for a second round.
How long do you think the rats lasted?
Another 15 minutes?
No… 60 hours.
It's not wrong. The first time they "endured" for fifteen minutes and the second time, the same rats, they increased their endurance two hundred and forty times and they went at sixty hours.
There was a rat that swam for 81 hours.
The conclusion is that the rats thought they would be saved, so they kept swimming to a level that was considered impossible.
This story is often explained in positive psychology as an example of the importance of "hope and optimism".
Richter said it's a matter of desperation. The rats in the first group were desperate. Little did they know that fate (see man who unfortunately experiments on animals…) could have a better future in store for them, so acting and driven by desperation they showed far less endurance than they really had the reserve to show.
Conversely, the rats in the second group at the moment they were saved, their despair was replaced by hope and it was this that filled them with strength and endurance and kept them in the water two hundred and forty times longer.
It is obvious that most people they can do more when they receive support or encouragement, and they stop or give up when they do not have hope or enough appreciation.
If I want to last longer it is necessary to be able to see a better future, to have something that I hope for, something that I look forward to, something that I desire and at the same time consider that it is likely to happen.
It doesn't matter if you have failed or been defeated. All that matters is that you learn something, get back up and try again. Winning is a good feeling, but coming out victorious when no one else thought you could is an amazing feeling.
Stop blaming yourself. You are a work in progress.
Which means you get closer to your goal by taking one step at a time, not directly.
"Finishing last" will always be better than "not finishing", which leads to "never started". Don't think too much because you'll create a problem that wasn't there in the first place.
Every achievement starts when you make the decision to try it and to GET INTO ACTION!