Picture this with me: a large elephant chained to a small post in the ground.
Maybe you’ve seen a similar sight? It’s a powerful visual. Why would a large and powerful elephant be held captive by something so small and insignificant?
It’s because of what that elephant has come to believe about himself and that post. If you tie an elephant to a post when he’s young, he can’t get away. If you do this regularly while he grows, he’ll continue to believe that he can’t escape, no matter how large he becomes.
If the world tells you the same story enough times, it’s hard not to believe it.
By the time he’s an adult he won’t challenge the power that a little post and chain has over him.
He accepts the fact that he can’t pull the post from the ground — even though he now can. He has a history with that post and remembers the power that it used to have over him.
But the fact is that he could break free if he wanted to— if he could believe that he was capable.
How often have you accepted something that was true in the past as being truth in the present? How many posts have you been tied to? How much would it take for you to break free?