As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. I saw a trainer nearby and ask why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. ” Well, he said, when they were very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away.
They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free. I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t they were stuck right where they were. Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? It has been said throughout history that whatever you believed, with conviction, you can achieve. Don’t be like the poor elephant and go through your life stuck because of a limiting belief you were given or developed years ago. take charge of your life and live it to the fullest. You deserved the best!
Moral: Break the chains that hold you back. It is only you, limiting your beliefs that prevent you to grow.
Elephant Story – Changes for Survival is a refreshing story. Parable of the Pencil is another motivating story.