I thoroughly recommend you listen to the last 10mins of this Radio 4 programme where they interview one of Jamie Oliver’s “Dream School” pupils, Angelique Knight. (“Dream School”is a programme on Channel 4. 20 youngsters who have dropped out of education are given a ‘second chance’ in a school where the teachers are inspirational individuals and leaders in their field.)
It reminded me of how from an early age, we are taught that a “leopard can’t change its spots”; that once our personality has developed, it is fixed for life.
It is no surprise then, that we start to believe this to be true and convince ourselves further by finding evidence that supports these beliefs – especially if this evidence comes out of the mouths of those closest to us. We then become like a walking cliche, as in Angelique’s case when she was convinced that she was “Unteachable.”
Angelique proves that change is possible. And that all it requires is the desire to believe something different about yourself and then the commitment to take action to make the belief a reality.
What beliefs do you need to challenge about yourself?