Elephants are amazing creatures, huge and powerful, yet trainable.
Elephants have been trained and used by humans as work animals for as long as 4,000 years. How is it possible for a 175 pound man to keep an 11,000 pound elephant in captivity? When an elephant is very young, it is tethered to a four foot long wooden stake driven into the ground. This stake is physically able to hold the young, small elephant, despite the elephant's repeated attempts to escape it. After unsuccessfully trying many times to escape, the young elephant eventually comes to believe that escape is impossible.
This belief is carried into adulthood. When the elephant is full grown, it could easily break free from the four-foot wooden stake, yet it never even attempts to do so. This intelligent, powerful creature is held captive, not by any physical restraint, but by its own thoughts.
What are the thoughts and experiences that hold you captive? Or are you limited by what someone else has or is telling you?
Here are some of my favorite "limitation" quotes:
"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." -- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.As you probably know by now if you have read this blog much, I have the great honor and opportunity to work with Erwin Mcmanus. Erwin's latest book and the DVD that we have developed with him is Wide Awake.
"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility." -- Lee DeForest, inventor.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
'Stick to driving a truck, because you'll never make it as a singer'. -Grand Ole Opry to Elvis Presley 1954
Wide Awake is about how God created us to live beyond the limitations we put on ourselves and pursue the life He created for us to live. Erwin writes that sometimes the limitations we’re willing to accept establish the boundaries of our existence. He challenges us that our dreams, by their very nature, should stretch us.
If your dreams are supposed to be bigger than your life, then your life will always be limited by the size of your dreams. -Erwin McManus
If you could give your life to ONE THING, what would it be? And if you’re not currently pursuing that ONE THING I gotta’ ask… WHY NOT? Go after it!
Dream BIG and Trust GOD!!
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!
Ephesians 3:20 (The Message)