As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” 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. 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.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Is this how addiction works? Did I hang on to something, just because I thought I couldn’t break free? Did I continue to smoke for so many years, because I thought it would take too much effort to stop? I am answering my own questions am I? 🙂
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before or we watch others failing and decide we better don’t even give it a try?
There is good news, ropes can be removed, just identify them and take action to get rid of them. Yes you can get rid of them…never give up! Failure can be part of learning; some of us break the rope with just one pull, other’s have to try harder and more often.
Addiction is the rope holding you back…don’t let it….Break free!