A few years ago, I had the rather unique experience of being backstage
in Madison Square Garden, in New York, during the Ringling Brothers Barnum &
Bailey Circus. To say the least, it was a fascinating experience.
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 near by and asked why these beautiful,
magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” he 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 think
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 could not, they were stuck right where they
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? How
many of us are being held back by old, outdated beliefs that no longer serve
us? Have you avoided trying something new because of a limiting belief?
Worse, how many of us are being held back by someone else’s limiting
How many of us have heard, “You can’t do that?” These are the dream stealers who, due to their
own limiting beliefs, will attempt to discourage you from living your
dreams. You must ignore them at all cost! I am not suggesting that you
should not seek advice from qualified individuals and mentors, but that you
avoid being swayed by the limiting beliefs of others,
especially people who are not successful, or, those who havent made a difference so far.
Find people who have accomplished what you want to
accomplish, discover what they did and model their behavior. Remember back
to times in your past when you were successful and use that experience to
propel yourself forward.
It has been said throughout history that what ever you believe, 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.
Remember,you deserve the best!