You are a massive elephant, but you don’t need to go on a diet. Although your skin may be wrinkled, you don’t need botox. You just need to realise how strong you truly are.
When a baby elephant in captivity is trained it’s tied to a pole stuck firmly in the ground. The elephant fights, trying to get free and continues to struggle day after day until finally it realises it isn’t strong enough to free itself. It then grows up and becomes stronger, but because it’s been conditioned to believe it can’t break free it no longer fights. Although the elephant is now strong enough to escape it remains in captivity.
The same thing happens to humans. When we are young we want to explore all that life has to offer, be creative and chase after what we love. Then as we grow up we get trained and become conditioned to how we’re told we should live our lives. We’re told if we fail at school we’ll fail at life. We should go to university and get into massive debt so we can get a well paying job. We should get a well paying job so we can buy a big house and continue to be in debt for years to come. We should follow all these rules, even if it costs us our happiness.
Have you become conditioned to think that the quality of your life can’t be greater than it is now? That things are the way they are and you just have to go with it. I used to think this way. It’s a lie.
You are stronger than you realise. You can break free. You can chase after what you love and be happy.
Most people are waiting for tomorrow. Waiting for the future to be happy, but not taking steps today to get there. No one is going to hand you happiness. You’ve got to go out there and get it.
Happiness starts as an inside job. Do something today that makes you happy, regardless of how small it is. Then take just one step that will get you closer to where you want to be. It might even be writing down what you want. Stats show that people who write down their goals have an 80 percent higher chance of achieving them.
Remember, you’re a massive elephant.
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