A man noticed that the elephants in the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were kept in place by only a small rope tied to their front legs. They didn’t have chains, nor were they in cages. Although the big elephants could break away from these shackles, they did not.

The elephant trainer explained,  “When the elephants are very young and much smaller, we use this same size rope to tie them. At that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They think the rope can still hold them, so they never even try to break free.”

It was their conditioning that kept them from realizing their own strengths. Aren’t we often like the elephants? We have some notions of ourselves, ideas about what we can and cannot do and these often hold us down.

Do your fears hold you back?

Often like the elephants we don’t realize how powerful we truly are. One of my favourite quotes is the one often wrongly attributed to Nelson Mandela, but actually from Marianne Willaimson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”


Today, we kick off the blog carnival with a post on my blog, Everyday Gyaan. The prompt is:

what would you do if you weren't afraid

Write your post sharing about the fears that keep you back from being yourself, and leave a link to your post on the linky at Everyday Gyaan.

You can add this button to your post:

Write Tribe


I’m taking this opportunity to invite you once again to host a Blog Carnival on your blog in the weeks ahead. Contact me for more details.

Published by corinnerodrigues

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A blogging coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. Corinne writes at Everyday Gyaan, reviews fiction at CorinneRodrigues.com and encourages writers and bloggers at Write Tribe and offers offline coaching to writers and bloggers at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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  1. I will take part in this…I will take part in this…… I’m so tired these days, everything seems to be going wrong and everyone seems to be getting sick and I need writing to take me through…

  2. Looks like a perfect way to kickstart my blog. The story is very inspiring indeed. Will try and write about my fear! 🙂

  3. A good prompt, Corinne, for introspection. Hopefully will be able to write up my post.

  4. that elephant story is so powerful. and relevant. i will put up an older post…but it is a fear…or perhaps a ‘i can’t do it’ thing i battle with everyday…