Limiting Beliefs: You Can Do More Than You Think

Shortly after beginning my LIFE Leadership journey, I remember hearing a story about an experiment regarding fleas and how high they can jump that illustrated how limiting beliefs can greatly diminish what we are really capable of accomplishing. The story of the experiment goes as follows:

It is well-known that fleas can jump very high compared to their size. An experiment was performed where fleas were caught and placed inside a jar that was half the height of what a flea can normally jump; then the lid was placed securely on the jar. The fleas would attempt to jump to their normal height, but would repetitively hit the lid…unable to get out of the jar.

Eventually, the fleas learned that they couldn’t jump normally any longer so they began to jump just high enough to miss hitting the lid. Once conditioned to think they can only jump high enough to miss the lid, the researchers removed the lid and not one flea jumped out of the jar…when in fact, every one of them could have jumped out with ease.

We humans are a lot like the fleas in this experiment. We too become reconditioned and establish limiting beliefs based upon our experiences and environment. It is important to realize that you can accomplish more than you think…we all have a little extra to reach new heights.

The following video is a great example of how each of us have the ability to overcome our limiting beliefs and accomplish much more than we think we can…enjoy!

God bless and have a great week!

Eric C. Blomdahl

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lisa Mangold on December 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Eric – you apply well what you have learned through the years in your own life & you are great at helping people address their limiting beliefs too!


  2. Great reminder ! Thanks for sharing Eric. The Mind is an incredible thing for both positive and negative ways …especially when it comes to limiting beliefs! Thanks for sharing thanks for Leading


  3. Posted by Tim Samuels on December 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Eric, the reality that the world around me has conditioned me the same way that fleas can be conditioned is a sad notion, however the realization that those beliefs can be eliminated with work and personal dedication is liberating.


  4. Thanks Eric: What an awesome movie. Mental Fitness, and power of belief, What a combination. Don Fallis


  5. Posted by Tammy Maney on December 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you Eric! That could not have come at a better time, I love that part of the movie and forgot that feeling I get when I watch it! Limiting beliefs can be very poweful and I know if we keep God close we can conquer anything. I dont want to be that flea any longer!


  6. Posted by Mary Hermsen on December 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve always loved the flea analogy, and this video is priceless!!! It made me cry, again!!!You are a great example to all of us. There you are, down in Florida, enjoying your reward for goals met, and you’re thinking of us back here who fell short of our goals. You and Jen are great examples of servant leaders. I’m proud to be associated with you both. God Bless,



  7. Posted by James on December 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I really enjoyed the flea analogy because it has a lot of truth to it. So many people hold themselves back from reaching their own dreams. So they “play it safe” and continue to work for someone else’s Dreams. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us.


    • James, thanks for your comment. We all have what it takes to live our dreams. Don’t let life or naysayers stop you. Very proud of you…keep charging forward!!!


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