How To Move Up From Ground Zero

Change your self limiting beliefs!

Sometimes the thing that keeps us down and defeated is our own thinking. It’s that little voice inside that keeps reiterating: “you can’t succeed” or “you’re born to remain on the level you’re currently at”, which keep us prisoner to our circumstances. Seeing those self limiting beliefs as truth stops us from even trying, and then those very beliefs are reinforced in our failures, keeping us stuck in a self-fulfilling prophecy or, in simpler English, a vicious cycle. The sad thing is though…some of us don’t even realize it!

Question: Do you want to move up or not?

Well the truth is that to be able to move up from the level your currently on, you’ll have to adopt the mindset of the level you desire to reach. Essentially that means believing you’re there even when you’re not there yet. (Let that marinate for a little bit).

I recently stumbled upon a motivational video that explains this much better:

In summary: these are the 5 limiting beliefs that you will have to change in order to move up a level:

  1. I don’t deserve it.
    • Becomes: I do deserve the best! Because I am good enough.
  2. I just want to be ordinary.
    • Becomes: If I want to be the best, I’ll have to lead and that means sticking out from the group of ordinary individuals. No worthy role model has ever been just ordinary!
  3. I don’t want to be rejected by my social group (my crew).
    • Becomes: Crews keep me bound and I’ll end up missing what is best for me as an individual all for sake of staying in the crew! I know what I desire and I’m going after it.
  4. I’m afraid the good thing won’t last.
    • Becomes: Nothing lasts forever anyway! The point is to live fully in every moment!
  5. I will have to behave as if I’m perfect and I know I am not.
    • Becomes: I will never be perfect! Most opportunities come to grow me and to make me better anyway. No more waiting to be perfect.


Yes, I agree, this is not ALL it takes to move up a level, BUT this is definitely where it begins! This is the foundation you have to make sure doesn’t have cracks. It has worked for me and I really hope it works for you too!


A Class Divided

“Treat everyone as though they were your brother!”

Today my colleagues and I were at it again, debating the state of racism in our country and how it subsequently affects the economy at large. And while we tried to argue the reasons behind why black people are still struggling, how they have a sense of entitlement and how they won’t support each other – one colleague mentioned a particular experiment that one class teacher conducted many years ago.

In this experiment, the teacher is able to split the class onto two groups by eye colour. She then continues to explain why the kids with one eye colour are better or greater than the kids with the other eye colour. She also gives certain privileges and rights to the one eye colour group while removing them from the other eye colour group. The results are life changing!

A Class Divided. (video from YouTube)

It’s a relatively long video so for those of us with less time, I’ve noted some statements that stood out for me:

  • Teacher: “Do you think that you would know how it feels to be judged by the colour of your skin?…No you wouldn’t unless you experienced it yourself.”
  • Boy (voice over): “It seemed like when we were down at the bottom, everything bad was happening to us.”
  • Teacher: “What’s wrong with being called ‘Brown Eyes’?”
    • John:”It means that we’re stupid, well not that but…”
  • Teacher: “Why didn’t you call him ‘brown eyes’ yesterday?…Were you doing it to be fun, funny or were you doing it to be mean?”
  • Teacher (voice over): “I used Orton Gillingham findings, we used the card pack and…The brown eyed children were in the low class the first day and it took them five and a half minutes to get through the card pack. The second day it took them two and a half minutes. The only fact that had changed was that now they were superior people.”
  • Teacher: “It’s not funny, it’s not fun, it’s not…pleasant! This is a filthy nasty word called Discrimination. We’re treating people a certain way because they are different from the rest of us. Is that fair?
    • Group (blue eyes): “No.”
  • Teacher: “Does it make any difference whether their skin is black or white…Is that how you decide whether people are good or bad?”
    • Whole Class: “No….No!”
  • Susan (older): “I’ve seen white people do it. I’ve seen other people do it. It’s not just the blacks…Everyone acts differently it’s just the different colour that hits you first.”

And so I ask: Is this not what happened to us? Is this not still happening today? Is this not what we’re doing to each other through xenophobia? The Apartheid system was and still is a simple but well executed psychological regime with a simple message – “Treat them differently because they are different to us and thus are inferior to us”. That system was so well executed that to this day black is still not as beautiful as white. In this country, you’re more likely to get more compliments purely because you’re “Yellowbone” than if you weren’t.

So how do we change this? How do we execute our own psychological regime that will empower the inferior without discriminating another?

From the video we can clearly see that discrimination is imprisoning. But it imprisons the mind first and everything else becomes a result of an imprisoned mind.In other words, if someone has imprisoned you psychologically, then there’s nothing you can do physically which will ever liberate you. In fact, the more you struggle externally for liberation, the more you’ll prove the idea that you are indeed inferior. The only way, is to liberate your mind!

We must strive to raise our children differently! We need to raise liberated young minds!

The question is, how?

Perhaps we can build on what Bantu Steve Biko started through his Black Consciousness Movement. We need to change the bad connotations that are associated with being black or dark skinned. And it’s in everything we say and do- who we compliment and why? How we esteem to look. It’s in how we treat ourselves; it’s in how we treat each other – does complexion really matter?

We, us the average Joe (not the government), have the power to make a change! This is an idea we need to communicate in every way possible –  at home, in schools, through media (most importantly music), as groups of friends, societies, sports clubs, churches…in everything.

We must live out the idea that black is just as beautiful, as good, as superior as any other race!

A Class Divided has changed the way I see myself as an individual. It has opened my eyes to how I have acted as a result of how I see myself and what I have believed to be my possibilities as person. I hope it has made a change in your life as well!


If You Think You are Beaten, You Are!


If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins

“Thinking” by Walter D. Wintle