The Elephant Rope ….Don’t be tied to your past!

Elephant 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 anytime, 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. “Well,” 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 in life. Always try and make an effort to do better and be better
no matter how many times you have failed. Don’t be tied by your past ugly experiences
and negative belief system.

I see you rising above that challenge
and seeming limitation in life.

It is well with you. You will succeed!

Tony Orji

Dr. Tony Orji is the founder and owner of Success Tonics Blog. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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