Did you know…
Zookeepers typically strap a thin metal chain to a grown elephant’s leg and then attach the other end to a small wooden peg that’s hammered into the ground. The 10-foot tall, 10,000-pound elephant could easily snap the chain, uproot the wooden peg and escape to freedom with minimal effort. But it doesn’t. In fact the elephant never even tries. The world’s most powerful land animal, which can uproot a tree as easily as you could break a toothpick, remains defeated by a small wooden peg and a flimsy chain.
Because when the elephant was a baby, its trainers used the exact same methods to domesticate it. A thin chain was strapped around its leg and the other end of the chain was tied to a wooden peg in the ground.
At the time, the chain and peg were strong enough to restrain the baby elephant. When it tried to break away, the metal chain would pull it back. Sometimes, tempted by the world it could see in the distance, the elephant would pull harder. But the chain would not budge, and soon the baby elephant realized trying to escape was not possible. So it stopped trying.
Now that the elephant is all grown up, it sees the chain and the peg and it remembers what it learned as a baby – the chain and peg are impossible to escape.
Of course this is no longer true, but it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that the 200-pound baby is now a 10,000-pound powerhouse. The elephant’s self-limiting thoughts and beliefs prevail!
The key thing to realize is this: We need to learn from the past, but be ready to update what we learned based on how our circumstances have changed (as they constantly do).
In other words, we have to learn to think better about the past and present, so we can ultimately live better from here on out.
All too often we let the rejections from our past dictate every move we make. We literally don’t know ourselves to be any better than what some opinionated person or a narrow patch in life once tended our thoughts into thinking that some negative aspects about who we are is true. An old rejection never means we are not good enough; it’s just a sign some person or circumstance from the past was not aligned with what we had to offer them at the moment.
However,sadly enough,we don’t see it that way- hence we snug and hit a mental barricade that stops us cold in our tracks. This is one of the most common damaging thought patterns we most often sucuumb to.
Even though we intellectually know that we’re stronger and our strengths plus mental capacities have stretched-compared to what we were at the past- the subconscious mind always forgets to roger and copy these changes. And this all the more raises the need to keep sharpening the mind and pushing forward without relent.
It only takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to settle into that lifestyle. Remember you are never alone, we’re all struggling and pushing in our lanes of life and I know things always get better- only when you keep the hope alive.
Thinking better takes guidance and practice.
*adopted from Hacklife