9 August 2016
I came across an old story about elephants last night that got me thinking about this question. When an elephant is young and small, a trainer places a rope around its leg, attached to a pin in the floor. Nothing particularly sturdy but enough to restrain the small animal.
As the elephant grows, it remembers the rope restraining it as an infant and believes that it cannot break free, despite easily being able to lift the pin from the ground. These amazing, strong, powerful animals are conditioned to believe that they cannot break free, so are bound.
How often do we fall foul of this in our own lives?
How often do we believe that we can’t do something simply because we failed at it once before, or when we were younger?
Mindset is an incredible thing. It dictates where we go in life – both personally and professionally.
It affects our every day – from waking up ‘on the wrong side of the bed’ and having a bad day because of it, to having the belief that you’re not good at something and letting that hold you back.
One thing I have learned over the years is that any skill can be taught but attitude is ingrained. Your attitude, your approach and how you choose to spend your time and energy, make you who you are – regardless of the technical, academic or other skills that you have.
If you believe that you can do something, you can. I believe that it is as simple as that. Otherwise, how has a young lad from Denbigh – who left school with limited qualifications – become the CEO of a multi-million-pound company?
Limiting beliefs hold us back, they constrain us. Audrey Hepburn has a famous quote saying: “Impossible is nothing, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.” I love this. Transforming limiting beliefs into possibilities.
One of the biggest limits we place on ourselves is not pursuing for our dreams in case we fail. This is a disaster! How can you achieve your dreams if you don’t try in the first place – it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
If you believe that there are limits to your potential, there will be limits. If you believe that you can do anything, you can.
I’d love to hear your stories of limiting beliefs.