Limitation is that which one sets up in one’s own mind.
Napoleon Hill, made a very true statement in his book “Think and Grow Rich” he wrote that “the only limitation is that which one sets up in one’s own mind.”
There is a popular story, that rightly express the thought of Napoleon Hill.
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 back 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 replied;
“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 only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.
From the above story, what is limiting the potential of the elephants from escaping the camp is not the rope, it is the mindset. The elephants can break free from the small rope, but they chose to believe they can’t.
Our limitations; Is it our thoughts?
Most times, our experiences, failures, background and people opinions make us limit our potential, and make excuses that sounds best to us.
The above factors don’t limit is, believing the thoughts and excuses is what limit us, just as they limit the elephants in the above story.
I want you to have a paradigm shift, change the way you think.
Change “I can’t make a difference in the world” to “How can I make a difference in the world”
Change “I’m from a poor background, I can’t be rich” to “How can I be rich and change history”
Change “I don’t think I can succeed in life” to “How can I succeed in life”
Change “I fail last year trying to start my business” to “How can I succeed in starting my business this year”.
Do the above and see yourself living a limitless life.