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This morning I learned how circus elephants are trained and it blew my mind.
If you’ve ever seen an adult elephant attached to a tent by a flimsy chain and wondered how the elephant stays there, this explains it.
Basically, when elephants are young, they’re attached to heavy chains that are deeply rooted into the ground.
As little elephants, they do everything they can to become un-chained. They move around like crazy, pull, yank, and push with all their might.
They just can’t get free.
Every little elephant eventually has a point where they just give up. They realize the chain is too powerful for them and they simply stop trying.
As soon as this happens, trainers realize they’ve got the elephant. It’s “trained”.
The elephants can now be tied with slender chains or ropes. It doesn’t matter what they’re attached to really, because they’ve reached the “trained” point.
If an elephant now moves and feels even the slightest bit of resistance, it will just stop trying.
So even as adults, when the elephants easily have the strength to pull a whole circus tent over, they don’t even bother.
They believe they can’t, so they don’t.
It’s incredible how powerful animals’ minds are.
(As you know… we’re animals too.)
When I catch myself thinking a disempowering thought in the future… either about how I can’t do something, or maybe feeling like I have limited options, or if I catch myself getting into fear…
I’ll be thinking back to this and realizing how I create my own chains.
Think you’re limited in your relationship options?
Think you’ve gotten to where you are because of a specific lucky circumstance that can’t be repeated?
Think you can’t make money?
Can’t lose weight?
Chain, chain, chain, chain, chain.