Nov 03, 2021
1 mins read
I heard this great analogy on how our beliefs can be holding us back that I wanted to share with you.
When walking through an elephant camp, a man noticed that the elephants were only secured with a small rope that was tied around one ankle. He wondered why the elephants didn’t break free from the rope, as the elephants were certainly strong enough to do so.
He asked the trainer why the elephants didn’t try to break free? The trainer responded by saying that they use the same size rope for baby elephants all the way up to adulthood. Because they’re too small when they’re babies to break free from the rope, they grow up being conditioned that the rope is stronger than they are. As adults, they think the rope can still hold them, so they don’t try to fight it.
This occurs when someone has been conditioned to anticipate discomfort in some way without having a way to avoid it or make it stop. After enough conditioning, the person will stop any attempts to avoid the pain, even if they see an opportunity to escape.
If you go through life thinking that you can’t do something just because you have failed at doing it in the past, you are living with a fixed mindset. You must let go of your limiting beliefs in order to reach what is required to attain success. Don't let other people tell you that you can't do something, and don't hold onto any assumptions or limiting beliefs that you can't grow and learn from past failures.