I once read a story about a guy who was passing elephants in an African community, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a rope tied to their legs. It was obvious that the elephant could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. The guy saw a trainer nearby and asked why these giant elephants just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” 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, they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. The powerful and gigantic elephant has limited its present abilities by the limitations of the past.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life holding onto a belief that we cannot do something simply because we failed at it once before (I know I have)? How many of us refuse to attempt something new and challenging because of our mindset?
Choose not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past.