An elephant is held back not by a puny rope but by its belief system. Are you too?
This is a rather well known story worth retelling.
In Thailand, they have a simple way to keep an elephant docile and under control.
When the elephant is a baby, the keeper ties the baby elephant with a strong rope to a tree. Of course, the free spirited, uninhibited baby elephant tries to escape but is held back by the rope. The baby elephant will try to break free, time and again, tugging hard at the rope that would not break.
After a while, the baby elephant is exhausted by its futile efforts. Its once free spirit is broken. It believes that there is no hope. It yields and just accepts its assigned position and situation.
The hopelessness and learned helplessness stays in the elephant’s unconscious mind even when it grows into an adult. Even when the adult elephant can snap the rope with just a casual tug, it will make no such attempt. So strong is this limiting belief that has been etched in the unconscious mind of the elephant.
Are there any limiting beliefs holding you back like the elephant? Are there setbacks in your childhood that still have a hold on you like the baby elephant’s rope?
Whenever you baulk at a challenge, ask yourself if you are being held back by a limiting belief or assumption, carried over from a bad experience from your childhood or just one unfortunate episode from long ago.
Isn’t it time to break free of the imaginary bond of that limiting belief? What do you reckon?
Until next time… make it happen.
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