The Elephant Rope (Belief)- Inspirational Short Story


“If you accept a limiting belief then it will become a truth for you.”

– Louise Hay.


A man was passing through some remote area. While crossing a village, he saw some elephants. Surprising thing was that elephants were not kept in cages. Those huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. Man was surprised because that small rope was not enough for such a huge creator like elephant. Elephant can break that rope very easily and can harm to anyone. But the elephant was standing still and not putting any effort to escape from that small rope.

Suddenly he saw a man coming towards elephants. He was bringing food for them. Curious and wanting to know the answer, He went nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” the trainer said, “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. At that time elephant tried its level best to break that rope but in vain. They gave up their efforts. 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.”

It was the belief which was made when they were smaller and weak and the rope was stronger. Although they are powerful now and the rope is weaker. But still they are unable to break it because their belief grows stronger. They still believe that they cannot break the rope.

Many of us also tied themselves to the ropes which are very weak. We can break them very easily but we never try. Sometimes in our life we failed at something once or twice. And then we start believing that we cannot do it. Over the time we become more skilled and trained. We can easily handle that situation, but we never try. Because like that elephant our belief also grows stronger that we cannot do it.

However, if we could look at all the so-called ‘failures’ in our lives as just stepping stones along our path and decide to respond in a way that is positive, saying ‘ah well, at least I tried, now I know what doesn’t work so it makes my next attempt clearer!’ Treat it like a process of elimination, gathering momentum and staying focused on what we would like to achieve, trying this way and that until we succeed!

So, break your mental barriers, free yourself from so called limitations. This world is your oyster! Don’t confine yourself any longer to the belief that you can’t do something, shatter those thoughts and beliefs and spread your wings and fly! YOU can do anything you set your heart on, if you just believe it.

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

– Nikos Kazantzakis


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