Friday, 19 November 2010

The Power of Your Beliefs and Why What You Seek Maybe Hidden in Clear View

Your beliefs are critical when it comes to achieving your goals and you can just as easily believe something that isn't true as believe something that is true as the following story which began many million of years ago.

The much-respected naturalist, David Attenborough, who has graced our television screens with his marvellous natural history programs for over 50 years grew up in Leicester. As a young boy he was a passionate collector of fossils and stones. However, he didn't collect fossils from the nearby Charnwood Forest where the rocks are among the most ancient in the world - more than 500 million years. You see, at the time, geologists believed that rocks that old could not possibly contain fossils of any kind.

Then a boy from David Attenborough's school, just a few years after David Attenborough left, made a discovery that turned that disproved that theory - he found a fossil in the ancient rocks of Charnwood Forest. The boy's name was Roger Mason. He was rock climbing with friends when he made the discovery and, although he is credited with the discovery, he wasn't actually the first person to see the fossil.

Tina Negus, who was 15 years old schoolgirl at the time, later claimed to have had seen this fossil a year previously. She made a sketch of the fossil and presented it to her Geography teacher who disregarded her find telling her that fossils did not exist prior to the Precambrian period. In addition, one of Roger Mason's companions first spotted the fossil and pointed it out to Roger.

However, it was Roger who took action. He made a "brass-rubbing" of his find and told his father about it who knew a local geologist, Trevor Ford at the University of Leicester. He was very skeptical but he investigated the find but when he investigated the find he immediately recognized its significance and went into high gear. He published an article about the discovery and named the fossil Charnia masoni - after both the forest and Mason.

The fossil that Mason found is the oldest fossil in the country and one of the oldest in the world. Charnwood Forest is now a protested fossil site and Roger Mason went on to become a professor at the China University of Geosciences at Wuhan.

So what's the moral of this story?

Well, while fossil finds are rare in Charnwood Forest, they certainly do exist. Yet, because of a prevailing belief that they could not exist there, some individuals didn't even look for them there and others would not even consider physical evidence to the contrary. Many others may have seen this fossil and disregarded it.

This happens generally in life as well. People believe something that isn't true and then they act accordingly. Unfortunately, the consequence of this is that you can miss out on splendid opportunities. The discovery of Charnia has been significant in helping scientists to understand the origins of life.

It's therefore useful to examine your beliefs to see whether or not they serve you. In other words are your current beliefs helping you to achieve your goals? If not, then perhaps it's time to challenge and change your non-serving beliefs. When you do this you'll find that you'll become aware of the opportunities and resources that you need to achieve your goals. What's more, you'll probably find that everything you needed was already there - hidden in clear view.

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