An European man went to spend his Holidays in India. One day as he was walking through a village saw a group of elephants. He saw that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. The group of elephants was halted by a small rope tied to their front leg.
He was intrigued that the huge powerful elephants weren’t even attempting to break the rope and set themselves free.
He saw an elephant trainer standing beside them. The European man approached him and started a conversation. He expressed his puzzled state of mind and confusion because he couldn’t understand the paradoxical behaviour of the elephants.
The trainer said: “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.
An old and wise man from the village told him that : “The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was because over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.”
The man remained amazed and intrigued.
These big animals could at any time break free from their bonds, but because they adopted the belief that they couldn’t, they remained stuck right where they were.
Moral, Possible Lessons and Wisdom Gems.
Believing you can become successful is a critical step to actually achieving success.
Regardless how much the world tries to hold you back, often it is more appropriate to continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible.
The fact that we have tried and failed shouldn’t stop us from trying again and again with a different attitude and approach or strategy.
Many people are not trying anymore to work towards success in their life just because they failed once or several times in the past.
Same Goal might be achievable with a different mindset, strategy, tool , or technique.
Often failure is part of learning. We should continue to go out after what we want in life, knowing that sometimes ‘failure is the stepping stone to success’.
Questions for Reflection:
Now that you are aware of this story, in what areas of your life have you developed, often unawarely, similar false beliefs or convictions that are holding you back?
What are you willing to do about them?
Will you continue to blame others, find excuses, justifications for failure or are you going to test a different approach to get different results?
Are you going to learn from your experiences and revise your strategy until success?
Remember that, Henry Ford is quoted saying that: “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”
What else could we learn from this story?
Have you believed or still believe that something is impossible like the elephant?
Do you know someone who behaves like that elephant?
Who do you know that might find this story useful?
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