Have you ever been to a circus? For those of you that have been to one of my workshops, you will know the story of Wally the elephant. Wally is a 16,000 pound elephant who does fun tricks in the circus. Seems cute, but in order to get this elephant to listen to people and to respect constraints, trainers must program Wally to become totally helpless and fearful. The picture above shows how it is done. They will beat this elephant and will teach him that he cannot get out–ever. After a while, the elephant begins to believe that he cannot get away, that he is stuck there.
This same thing happens to us as children. We are told “no,” on average, over 50,000 times during our childhood. We become ‘experts’ at what we can’t do. Maybe it’s time to stop believing all the crap that we’ve been fed as children and to think about all of the incredible possibilities in life. Challenge yourself to get past all of this programming. After all, Wally could easily break out of his constraints as a fully-grown elephant if he just had the courage to try. Same goes for us.
To see more pictures on how an elephant is trained, click here. Just a warning though, it’s not for the feint of heart. Very painful stuff…
If you are feeling like you are ready to break out of your constraints, check out my article on the Nine Pillars of Success by clicking here.