Thursday, May 30, 2013

Elephants and Self-imposed Limits

Elephants and Self-imposed Limits

My household has BrightHouse Cable.
Way too many channels for the adult male.

The other night I was flipping through the channels.
And I came across a show, a documentary you might call it, about elephants.

In India they use elephants for manual labor.
In this story it explained how they trained the elephants-
Or rather how they restrained them when they weren't working.

The elephant handlers came up with the idea to "program" the elephants
while they are still very young.
By "program" I mean, by setting self-imposed limits into their thinking.

When the elephants are still small, weighing around 150 pounds, they were tied up with a very heavy rope.
All day long, the elephants tried to get rid of it.
They whined, tugged at it and some of them even try to chew it.

They never broke free.
Finally, the elephants gave up, the fight over.

From that moment on, the elephants believed that there was absolutely no chance to get rid of the rope.
They accepted the "fact" that the rope limited them.

Belief in place, the elephant handlers were able to restrain them with small ropes.
Even as adults, weighing 8,000 pounds and more, they never attempted to break free because they "knew" they had no chance.

The elephant's limits were not real, but existed only in their minds.

Without insulting everyone's intelligence, you know where this is going.

With negative beliefs and boundaries existing in our own minds we are unable
to set and reach higher goals,
to be as successful as we can be,
to live our lives to the fullest,
to fulfill our true dreams.

We always have the inner strength; the personal power to change everything in our life for the better.

So, never give up!
Never act like an elephant!

Take Care,
Coach Curley

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