Are You A Victim Of This?

Gooood Morning,

It’s a Bank Holiday, the sun is shining (hopefully) so lets kick start this day and week with a #MondayMotivation post.

Are you a victim of learned helplessness?  

A strange question, so first a story to explain.  In India when elephants are young they’re tied to trees to stop them running away, they do this to teach obedience.  You see, no matter how much the young elephant pulls at the tree, the tree does not move, time after time it will try, but still the same result.  After trying so hard to escape the elephant learns it cannot break free no matter how hard it try’s, this is called ‘learned helplessness’.  The result of this is a fully grown adult elephant can be tied to a twig and it will still believe it cannot escape and won’t even try too.

Are You A Victim Of This?

Picture from the cover of Geoff Thompson’s Elephant and a Twig

Sad really because that elephant has the strength and ability to run away, it just doesn’t see it in itself.  This same situation can be seen everywhere, if you’re told you cannot do something over and over again, you will eventually start to believe what is said to you and eventually it becomes your own beliefs too.  In certain situations in life it is commonplace to think in certain ways, these thoughts then become beliefs and these beliefs can shape you, your family, your community and everything around you.  But these thoughts might not be of any benefit to yourself or anyone else, in fact they may be extremely damaging.

Many of our situations in life can be changed by our thoughts and expectations of ourselves, we may be helpless because we have learned to be helpless.  We are all capable of so much more than we realise.  We, just like the elephant, are all being held back by what we know, or what we believe we know.

 

Test your boundaries and never lose faith in yourself to achieve.

 

Until next week guys have a great week.

 

Stay strong and live, love and laugh!

Dan

#GetLeanIn2018

#1CoachDC

#FitFam

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