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How to break free from the elephant mentality

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In one of my business travels to Sri Lanka, I visited an elephant orphanage and saw adult elephants bound by thin ropes instead of big chains. I asked the person in charge of the place why they were standing still instead of attempting to break free. The guy answered that when they were still young, they were tied with the same rope. They tried to break the rope several times, but were unsuccessful. After a number of failed attempts, they got used to just being held captive until they grew older and bigger. They seemed to have convinced themselves that such efforts were futile because the rope was unbreakable anyway.

The elephants are just like some of us. Many individuals have the power and the potential to break away from the limiting beliefs that they got from friends, family and society during childhood, but could not. Their past mistakes, tragedies, frustrations and failures act as mental blocks that have kept them from taking bolder steps and moving on.

Fortunately, we can change how we perceive ourselves. We have the ability to make conscious choices to eliminate whatever hindrances are there to our self-esteem so we can move forward with our career and life.

Take control of your life by setting goals with anticipation and enthusiasm. Whatever you have achieved so far is just the tip of the iceberg. The best remains hidden within you. Continue to focus on your potential and your capacity to perform successfully, be it in your professional field or your personal life.

Remember, you are the only one who can bring out that precious treasure of potential from within you. So why wait? This world is waiting for you right now to show up.

Handy Hints:

• Change how you perceive yourself to regain self-esteem

• All of us have the ability to make conscious choices in life

• Take control of your life with self-awareness and clear goals

Click on How to embrace change and learn how to keep forging ahead

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company