Before an elephant can be trained it has to be tamed.
A trainer fastens a chain to its ankle and anchors the chain to a stake in the ground. The elephant is conditioned to stop when the chain provides resistance. Once trained as a baby this elephant who has the power to tear the stake out of the ground, doesn’t. It’s been trained and conditioned to accept limitation and it behaves that way for the rest of its life.
Ever seen how huge and powerful an adult elephant is?
They should easliy remove the stake and ramble and amble wherever it chooses.
But it doesnt.
Somewhere deep inside the elephants mind, when the chain pulls taught it reminds it there are limits to where it can go and what it can do.
And what it can’t do.
It’s been conditioned.
Just like me and you.
Someone or a bunch of someones told us we couldn’t or shouldn’t.
So we didn’t
I am tempted to write another ten paragraphs telling you why we behave the way we do, but ya know what?
We already know.
Breaking that chain, metaphorical or real is a matter of how strongly we believe in our own power and passion. In our lives, our careers and our businesses, we decide what we’ll accept as a limitation and what we won’t let hold us back from our goals and dreams.
It’s up to us