One of my favourite inspirational stories from 2018 is the Elephant and the rope story which describes an Elephant which believes that it cannot break free from a thin rope because it was conditioned to believe it couldn’t when it was smaller.
In many ways this is similar to us, where many of our negative beliefs are created when we are growing up and become so real to us that they limit our potential. We may believe that we can never achieve certain things because we were told that we weren’t good enough or useless in some way.
We can only go as far as our beliefs let us
These beliefs create a rudder to our future and we can only go as far as our belief system allows us. I used to believe that I would never be able to speak in front of more than one person and having challenged my belief system and used some of the techniques I share in my book, I now genuinely enjoy speaking in front of hundreds.
It still shocks me every time I challenge and overcome a particular belief. I find it amazing that something which was so real to me for many years suddenly changes forever and becomes my new positive belief.
Challenge your negative beliefs
If you are challenged by any beliefs you have about performing under pressure or how far you can go in life, then I encourage you to challenge that negative belief and introduce a positive belief which will become your new reality.
I can’t tell you how freeing it is to destroy a negative belief system and create a new positive one. First everything changes in your mind, then manifests into exciting new opportunities. Don’t be held back any more by these negative beliefs – live a new free and exciting life!
The Elephant and the Rope
As a man was passing the elephants, he 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. He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
They were conditioned
“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, so they never try to break free.” The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
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?
Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.
What a simple yet powerful story
This is such a simple yet powerful truth – you can challenge and change your negative beliefs. All you have to do is believe that maybe what you believe to be real isn’t real and can be changed. Then watch as you start to live out of your new belief in whatever area you are currently limited in.
This week has been great and on my first day back on the 2nd I received 3 bookings and a fourth one pending. 2019 feels like it is going to be an amazing year and I can’t wait to watch it unfold.
Thoughts for the week.
1. What limiting beliefs do you currently have which are holding you back?
2. Identify what these are and start to challenge them.
3. Use techniques in my book to start to create a positive belief to replace the negative one.
4. Observe over the next few months how things start to change and how you start to explore new potential.
Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and stay positive.
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