Once, a man was passing a horse when he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that this huge creature was being held by only a small rope tied to it’s neck and a light portable chair. No chains, no cage. It was obvious that the horse could, at anytime, break away from that bond, but for some reason, it did not. It doesn’t even seem that, it hasn’t tried at all.
The man saw the owner nearby, and asked why the animal, just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” the owner said, “when they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size of rope to tie them up 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.
Like the horses, how many of us go through life, hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?
Realize your potential, come out of your old beliefs and the fear of failures. Just because you couldn’t do something at one time, or something didn’t work earlier, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it now.
Source: Modified from Ambit Energy.