Today I want to share one of my favorite short stories with you, in the hope that it helps you stop holding yourself back. It has helped me get through difficult moments in life, shifting my perspective and allowing me to not hold myself back in trying to accomplish anything I want to do in life. The message in this story couldn’t be more relevant today as we struggle with a variety of mental battles, including that between your mind and the goals you want to accomplish.
The Elephant Rope:
A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp; while passing through he noticed that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains.
All that was holding them back from escaping the camp was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.
As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all.
Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.
The trainer replied:
“When the elephants were very young and much smaller we used the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it was enough to hold them down. As they grew up, their minds have already been conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the mindset and belief that it just wasn’t possible.
Moral of the story:
No matter how restricted you were as a child/teen growing up, how much the external world tries to hold you down and despite all those doubtful voices you hear in your head, always continue with the mindset that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can achieve your goal and transform your life is the most important step in actually achieving it.
It’s time to stop holding yourself back, you got this!
Have a great rest of the week!
P.S. The 2020 pandemic could have easily knocked us out but we decided as a team to not let it hold us down and to do whatever we can to push through this difficult period. On behalf of the team, I want to thank you all for your support over the past 7 months since the lockdown began in the US.
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