A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted 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 did not try to escape. The trainer replied; “When they are 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.”
The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible. No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.
Something to Think About
What’s holding you back in life? Your excuses, your stories, your negative habits, your beliefs, your behaviors, your attitude? All the above?
I have often heard that excuses hold you back. Action moves you forward. What action can you take this week to break loose from whatever is holding you back?
Words of Wisdom
The only person who is truly holding you back is you. No more excuses. It’s time to change. It’s time to live life at a new level. – Tony Robbins
If you want to be great, do it. There’s nothing holding you back. It’s all in your control. – Pete Carroll
What’s holding you back is the belief that something is holding you back. – Kaitlyn Walsh
It’s not what you are that holds you back. It’s what you think you are not. – Denis Waitley
The only thing that’s holding you back is the way you’re thinking. – Steve Vai