Limiting beliefs that keep you to be unsuccessful

I’ve attended a seminar last weekend about coaching business and learned a lot.

I don’t really care spending money to pay for education. It’s an investment to me.

Today, I want to share a story about the elephant rope.

A man saw huge elephants which were being held by small rope tied to their front leg.

He was confused because these elephants could break away from their bond at anytime, but for some reason they did not.

He saw the caretaker and asked why these creatures just stood there and made no attempt to escape.

He answered, “When they are much smaller, we use the same size of rope and stick to tie them and at that age, it’s just enough to hold them. Once they grow up, they are get used to believe that they cannot break away. The elephants believed that the ropes can still hold them, so they never try to break free anymore.”

The man was stunned because these elephants could escape from their bonds at anytime. But because they failed many times to break away before, therefore they are conditioned that they could not break free from the rope even they are already grown up.

Most of us are like this elephant.

We have a lot of belief systems that we gained when we were young and carried as we get old.

When it comes to stock investing, you may have learned it from your environment or in the media that it’s risky and only for the rich.

It maybe true many decades ago because you need to have millions before broker will give you a ring to invest.

But now, you only need PHP5,000.00 to start investing and can do it at the comfort of your home because it’s online.

You may have failed in your previous entrepreneurship venture and you don’t want to try again.

You are thinking that you will just lose money again and you are not destined to do so.

Most of the successful people interviewed by Napoleon Hill said that they become successful when they are almost given up on their last venture. It only shows us that persistency is one of their secrets.

In our traditional educational system, we were conditioned that failures are bad.

You have to pass the exams and get good grades all the time.

However, in real world, making mistakes are normal and you just have to learn from it and move forward. We will only learn when we take action.

Don’t be afraid to fail and always think that it’s only part of the process to become successful.

Here are my tips to overcome your limiting beliefs that prevent you to become successful in life:

  1. List it down. Get a piece of paper and a pen or note apps in your smartphone. Think about all your limiting beliefs such as you will not be successful to have your own business. This will help you to recognize and be aware of your limiting beliefs.
  2. Believe in yourself. Once you recognized it, you will find out that there are a lot of ways for you to overcome your limiting beliefs. You will realize that you can build a successful business if you have to. You just have to believe in yourself because if you didn’t, no one does. As Les Brown always says, you have greatness within you.
  3. Learn from your mistakes. As expert say that failures are only part of the process to become successful. If you have made mistakes in your previous attempts, you just have to learn from it and do a different approach this time. Repeat what works.

There you have it. I hope that you will learn something and to ponder today.

As we gained experiences, skills and continue to develop our self, we are getting bigger as the same with the elephant to conquer any roadblocks and challenges that will come our way.


To your financial success,

Marvin Basa

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Marvin Basa

Marvin Basa is a financial literacy advocate who helps Pinoys to have successful financial lives.

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