Life’s too short to worry about what you can & can’t do. Freedom = A Life Without Limits!
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So, we all have beliefs. Our beliefs are the ‘invisible’ foundations that we all build our lives on. Most people believe that they have limits. They don’t.
I want to help you see what you believe about yourself and also what you’re capable of. Freedom in life = Living a life without limits!
Going back some years ago, when I was just a little boy, my mum and dad would take my sister and me to the circus. Now, I never particularly liked the circus, I always found it somewhat dull.
There were only a few elements of the circus that I did enjoy, and these were the Lions, the dancing bears and the elephants. The elephants, I always found especially fascinating; being one of the largest mammals on our planet.
I always wondered why elephants, as robust as they are, would allow themselves to be so restricted and limited?
In a circus arena, I’d noticed that as soon as these massive mammals had a rope tied around their neck, or, once they’d been attached to a chain or picket in the ground, they would stand still and stop moving.
Now obviously, elephants, as we well know, have more than enough physical strength to break free from any restraint placed upon them. If they so choose, they can break free from restraint, the moment they want to, and go wherever, or do whatever they want.
But yet they don’t. Circus elephants will just sit there with a rope around their neck, attached to a picket in the ground, and not even try to break free. Why? You might ask.
Great question, thanks for asking! Some years ago, I invested some time looking into this, and not just for the purpose of understanding elephants, but for the core purpose of understanding the root source of humanities core limiting beliefs. And I was fascinated with my findings.
As I discovered, a circus master will choose a young elephant to train, who has been removed from its parents at an early stage of its life. And, while it’s this young, the trainers will confine the elephant to a circus arena-sized enclosure, and restrain the mammal by binding it to a picket in the ground with a chain or length of rope.
Now, as the elephant is still so small, it’s not yet developed enough strength to break free from its restraints. Regardless of how much it fights, tugs or kicks, it’s unable to shake itself free.
The circus master knows from experience that the elephant will not be ready to begin its real training until it stops fighting.
The day that the elephant stops trying to break free from the peg, is the day that the elephant has grown to accept the belief that it’s not physically strong enough to break free from its restraints.
Once the elephant has agreed to the concept that it’s not strong enough to break free, the peg is no longer needed to restrain it. And from this moment onwards, the limiting belief that the elephant has adopted will do a good enough job of keeping it restrained.
So let us now fast forward fifteen years. The now, fully grown elephant stands in the middle of the circus arena. It has a chain around its neck which is attached to a spike in the ground. The main reason why the elephant won’t try to break free is that it knows from experience that it’s not strong enough.
The only substantial limitation it has, in reality, is the belief that it developed about itself when it was young. When the elephant was a baby, it genuinely wasn’t robust enough to break free, but now that it’s bigger and stronger, it won’t even try to break free.
Not because it’s incapable, but because it believes that it can’t.
What’s true for elephants, is also true for human beings.
So, I hope that story makes sense. All that I’m attempting to achieve here is to paint a picture for you, of where our beliefs come from in life. So, the question I’d ask you here is: ‘How would this, at this stage of your life, actually relate to you?’
When we accomplish something that we may previously have believed was impossible for us (such as bungee jumping, passing an exam, etc.), not only do we experience a shift in our thinking about this particular achievement but we also begin questioning other self-imposed limitations that we’ve placed on ourselves over the years.
When we attempt and complete a challenge that we may never have previously believed to be possible, we open a mental and emotional door which may have been closed for a very long time.
There’s an old saying that states, ‘birds of a feather, flock together’. So, if you’re used to ‘hanging out’ with religious people, cynical people, aggressive people, paranoid people, excuse-making individuals and under-achievers … guess which direction you’re heading in your future?
Who we associate with does not necessarily determine who we become in life, but it certainly does influence us.
As much as you’re able to, invest your time into building meaningful relationships with people who you respect, admire, and even trust; people who will encourage and empower you, not handicap you and hold you back!
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got, and if you always get what you’ve always got, you’ll always have what you’ve always had! Capiche? Invest time into talking with people you would usually shy away from or those that you may previously have thought you had nothing in common with.
If you don’t learn anything new about yourself, that’s ok. You will find out more about how these other people have arrived at the life conclusions they have grown to believe. They will teach you something.
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