A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was holding them from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.
As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead they didn’t try to at all.
Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.The trainer answered:
“when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
Sometimes it is just the fear or our mental conditioning that does not allow us to break free.Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to overcome fear.
We would have all achieved so much if we did not have fears.
The fear of failing.
The fear of judgement.
The fear of rejection.
The fear of an unstable future.
The fear of death.
All of us have feared scoring less in examinations, and only those who were prepared and studied hard enough went on to score well. They prepared themselves accordingly and their fear vanished.
Do you think all the successful people out there do not have fears?
Every business decision, every risky investment option, every peaceful monk, every over achieving athlete face fears every single day. They prepare or are skilled naturally enough to overcome their fears.
You are either a batsman on a duck or 99, it is all about that courage to take that single run to get through. The means to overcome it depends on you, whether you will take calculated risks or barge in with a ‘do or die’ attitude.
Let the fear go for what might be the worst thing that might happen?
Mentally strong people also fail, they also give up, they also feel dejected. They just know how to stand up, brush off all the negativity and overcome their fears of being judged or failing again.
We are the sum of what we think at the end of the day!
Courtesy: Alacatraz dey ( human behaviourist)