You Are Not An Elephant

I did not write the following story; it is an excerpt from a forum post I read a few weeks ago. Thank you to the author. I hope you don’t mind me sharing.

When Indian elephants are still very small, weighing around 150lbs, they get tied up with a very heavy rope. It is a cruel and barbaric training method:

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 8,000lbs 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 make 10 times more money as we do now

– To build a successful business

– To get the promotion and pay increase

we always dreamed of

– to fulfil our true dreams and desires

You really believe you can’t – so you just don’t!

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