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“安分”的大象 Why the Elephants Don't Run


  A number of years ago, I had the rather unique experience of being backstage in Madison Square Garden, in New York, during the 1)Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. To say the least, it was a fascinating experience. I was able to walk around looking at the lions, tigers, giraffes and all the other circus animals. As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their 2)bonds but for some reason, they did not. I saw a trainer near by and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“安分”的大象 Why the Elephants Don't Run  多年前,在纽约的麦迪逊广场花园里,我走进了林林兄弟与巴纳姆贝利马戏团,拥有了一次相当独特的幕后经历。至少可以这样说,那是一次迷人的经历。我可以四处走动,看看狮子、老虎、长颈鹿和其他所有的马戏团动物。当我走过那群大象时,我突然停了下来。这些庞然大物只是被一根小绳绑着它们的前肢,这事让我困惑不已。没有链条,没有笼子。显然,那群大象随时都能挣脱这种束缚,然而出于某种原因,它们并没有这样做。我看见附近有一位驯兽师,于是问他为何这些美丽的庞然大物只是站在那儿,一点也没有要逃跑的意图。

  “Well,” he said, “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 3)are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They think the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

  I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they could not, they were stuck right where they were.

  Like the elephants, how many of us go through life 4)hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? How many of us are being held back by old, outdated beliefs that no longer serve us? Have you avoided trying something new because of a limiting belief? Worse, how many of us are being held back by someone else's limiting beliefs? Do you tell yourself you can't sell because you're not a salesperson?

  Particularly in starting or running a business, we are cautioned not to take risks, usually by well intentioned friends and family. How many of us have heard, “You can't do that”? These are the dream stealers who, due to their own limiting beliefs, will attempt to discourage you from living your dreams. You must ignore them at all cost! I am not suggesting that you should not seek advice from qualified individuals and 5)mentors, but that you avoid like the6)plague being 7)swayed by the limiting beliefs of others, especially people who are not 8)in their own business.

  Challenge your own limiting beliefs by questioning them. If you begin to question a belief, you 9)automatically weaken it. The more you question your limiting beliefs, the more they are weakened. It's like kicking the legs out from under a stool. Once you weaken one leg, the stool begins to lose its balance and fall. Think back to a time when you “sold” someone on yourself. We are selling all the time. You have to sell your ideas to your spouse, your children, and your employees—even your banker. Maybe, as a child, you sold 10)Girl Scout cookies or magazine 11)subscriptions to raise money for your school team. That was selling too!


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