At the Introduction to the Landmark Forum last night, Ravi told the one about how you train an elephant. It goes something like this. "Have you ever been to a circus? Have you seen big elephants tied up with little ropes around their necks? Do you know how they train that elephant? They get it when it's young and tie it with a rope and stake it to the ground. The elephant isn't strong enough to break the rope but tries and tries and can't get free. So the elephant gives up and believes that it isn't strong enough to break the rope. By the time the elephant is actually strong enough to break that little rope, it believes that it can't and doesn't even try."
When we're kids, we learn about where we're limited and tied down and we struggle and in some areas we give up, get resigned, and learn our place.
It did make me wonder about where I'm being limited and where I'd like to "break through." It's time to check the ropes and give another tug.