Thursday, December 27, 2007

Is an elephant rope keeping you from getting to goal?

See? I told you there would be more to the elephant story (and if you don't know what I'm talking about, check out my previous post:

You've got a goal, right? And with that goal comes a list of excuses for why you can't make it happen. Check your list of reasons why not -- and I'll bet you'll find an elephant rope.

When baby elephants are brought into the circus, they get a rope tied around their leg to keep them from running away. And it works pretty well (I mean, how many times have you heard on the news that a baby elephant escaped from the circus? Exactly). Now, when that elephant grows up, it can weight between 3 and 6 TONS -- one firm yank of the rope, and that elephant is off! Except that the elephant stays put. Why? Because she has learned over time that the rope will keep her from running off. Even though it's no longer true. Even though she has it within her power to move at will.

What elephant ropes are keeping you tied down? What excuses do you have, and firmly believe to be true, where a simple reality-test -- a firm tug at the rope -- would show that the only thing holding you back is an old belief? Who can you test this with? What might be possible for you if it turns out that you are truly stronger, braver, and more able than you originally believed?

Keep me posted.


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