A friend passed this little story to me, and I found it to be quite eye-opening. So many times in life we feel that we can’t achieve success. We need to suppress what has been beaten into us…
“Don’t Act Like An Elephant!”
Weird statement, isn’t it??
But listen carefully because it can make the difference of success and failure in your business and private life.
So, let me explain…
You might know that in India elephants are used for manual labor. But what to do with them when they are not working? How to restrain them?
Their handlers came up with the idea to program them while they are still very young – by setting self-imposed limits into their thinking.
How does it work?
When the elephants are still small, weighing around 150 pounds, they get tied up with a very heavy rope.
All day long, the elephants try to get rid of it, whine, tug at it and some of them even try to chew it. But they can’t break free. Finally, the elephants give up and the fight is over.
And now it’s getting interesting…
From this moment on, they strongly believe that there is absolutely no chance to get rid of the rope. They accept the “fact” that the rope limits them.
And with this imprinted belief in place, their handlers are able to tie them with extremely small ropes!
And even as adults, weighing 8,000 pounds and more, they never attempt to break free because they “know” they have no chance at all!
As you can see, the elephants’ limits are not real, but exist only in their mind.
And so are we programmed with built-in-boundaries. They are also not real but exist only in our minds.
But with these imprinted belief systems, with these inner boundaries, we are unable…
- to live our lives to the fullest
- to be as successful as we could be
- to set and reach higher goals
- to build a successful business
- to make 10 times more money as we do now
- to get the promotion and pay increase
we always dreamed of
- to fulfill our true dreams and desires