The author of the following story is unknown, but it delivers a powerful message.
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,” 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?
The story of an elephant tied to a rope is a great metaphor for things that are holding us back from achieving the success we desire in our lives. In this video I share with you how to identify the breakdowns in your business systems, and how to fix them to create the success you desire.
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(About the Author: Lou Serrano is a professional entertainer, speaker, and business consultant to other small business owners. He travels the world entertaining and speaking at trade shows, sales meetings, and other high profile events.)