Be Inspired! The Elephant Rope
Please forgive the cutting out of the audio. Not sure what happened!
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.
Moral of the story:
No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.
As You Think in Your Heart
For as a man thinks within himself, so is he…” Prov. 23:7
Playing the piano in your mind – Harvard research study no.1
David talked about a piece of research by Harvard University that focused on how thoughts affect the structure of the brain. Two groups of people were studied; both groups were people of the same intellect all of whom had never played the piano. One group was given the task of playing piano scales every day for a certain period of time. The other group was given the task of merely thinking about playing the exact same piano scales as group one. They were never to actually play the scales, just to think about playing them.
The results were really quite incredible. All participants had been scanned before the study to measure their brains prior to any activity. After the study, the brains of both groups of participants were scanned again to measure any structural changes to the brain as a result of the piano playing (both imaginary & real).
What’s astounding is that BOTH groups of participants showed that the part of the brain that corresponds with finger movements (from piano playing) had considerably grown. So, even the group who had only thought about playing the piano had also changed their brains as if they had physically been playing the scales.
Flexing your finger in your mind – Harvard research study no. 2
This isn’t the only piece of research that concluded a relationship between our thoughts and our physiology. Harvard conducted a second research study where two groups of participants were engaged, with one group tasked to flex their finger each day for a period of time for a number of weeks. As before, the second group were asked to only think about flexing their finger for the same period of time.
What happened? Incredibly, again, BOTH groups of participants showed increased strength in their finger after the study. So the second group literally became stronger just as a result of thinking about doing the exercises. The stats showed that the first group who physically moved their finger had increased their strength by 53% and the second group had increased their strength by 35%.
If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, you can’t.
One of the Main Ropes
One HUGE rope holding people back is the FIXED MINDSET. This mindset believes YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE AND CAN’T CHANGE. A GROWTH MINDSET believes you can change and grow in all areas of life.
A fixed mindset uses “failure” to prove you are who you are. A growth mindset sees failure as mindset and USES it to overcome because they BELIEVE THEY CAN!
5 Ways to Use Thoughts to Change Life:
Pick a goal. Choose something that’s realistic, but that you have always wanted to achieve.
Spend 5 minutes each morning over the next 2 weeks imagining yourself kicking your goal. You can set yourself a reminder on your phone if you need to discipline yourself.
Imagine different scenarios each day where you are enjoying the feeling of having reached your goal. Notice how this powers you forward.
Believe in yourself. You will only reach your goal once you believe you can do it.
If you find yourself doubting any of this, remember the research from Harvard – it has been proven by revered scientists that our thoughts literally change the structure of our brains!
Experiments and these fives steps are from: https://simplelifestrategies.com/harvard-research/