How your beliefs limit your life: the story of the elephant in the circus
I always found this story very inspirational:
I once went to a circus and saw a huge elephant tied to a small pole with a rope, just standing there. So I wondered why the elephant is so obedient and doesn’t break away from the stick with all of its enormous strength and mass.
So they told me this story: once when the elephant was very young, it was tied to the pole the same way. Naturally, it didn’t like that and tried to escape, but try as it might, the rope and the pole were too strong for it. The rope is tied so well they cannot break it. And so it learns the rope keeps them in place. So the elephant eventually gave up. And when it grows older, it keeps on believing it could not escape from the rope, and remains standing in the same place, despite the fact it could then easily escape.
And that is a good lesson for life: It is just as easy to make a human being believe in his own powerlessness. If you had a past experience that makes you believe you are powerless, you keep on believing it. If you do that, you sabotage your own life by not even trying to reach for new things, to explore your potential at present. And only because you believe you are still the same person (child? teenager?) that had that experience in the past.
So the same that happens to the giant elephants happens to you. Your beliefs are your ropes, your invisible ropes. Why wait any longer to defy them and walk away?