An inspiring story about limiting beliefs - Karen Salmansohn

An Inspiring Story About Limiting Beliefs

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Here’s an inspiring story about limiting beliefs – excerpted from my best selling book, “How To Be Happy Dammit.”

I call it, “The elephant truly NEVER forgets.”

The first trick an elephant trainer trains an elephant to do is not to escape.

When the elephant is still but a baby, the trainer chains the infant’s leg to a huge log.

When/if the elephant tries to escape, the log proves stronger, and he gives up.

Eventually the elephant becomes so used to its captivity, that even when it has grown huge and strong, all the trainer merely has to do is tie the chain around the elephant’s leg to anything — even a tiny little twig — and the elephant won’t even try to escape.

It has become a prisoner of its past.

It has become a prisoner of its limiting beliefs.

An Inspiring Story About Limiting Beliefs
This elephant and its twig are a lot like you and the pain, struggles, challenges and limitations of your past.

Nothing in your past is in your present now.

Except your limiting beliefs.

You are not your past history.

You are not your past actions.

You are not how others have treated you in the past.

You are only who you think you are in this moment.

You are only what you do right now in this moment.

It’s time to step away from your twigs.


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Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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