“If you argue for your limitations, they are yours.” – Richard Bach
Young elephants in Southeast Asia are secured with a small rope or chain during training. Try as they may, the rope is unbreakable. The young elephants grow into beasts weighing over 5 tons and the external struggle with the rope ceases. They’ve now convinced themselves the rope is indestructible. Any person walking by could see that the elephant would only need to flex their leg to snap the rope.
The huge elephant still feels like the little elephant and insists on this limitation.
I had a junior manager in my office yesterday. He relayed his hopes and dreams about the future. He wanted to finish a degree but was held back by his academic failures of two decades past. He’d held an internal mental battle for years telling himself that he hated school and knew now that this viewpoint was holding him back.
It was if he’d looked down and found a small rope attached to his ankle.
He just needed to flex.
Extraordinary safety professionals specialize not in measuring the distance to the circuit breaker panel nor in the determination of confined spaces…but in finding personal and organizational ropes.
What ropes hold you and your team back?
What limitations are you convincing yourself of even today?
Which ropes would break the moment you flexed?