The Elephant and the Stake

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mm07042020 - The Elephant and the Stake
Have you ever seen a photo of a huge elephant tied by a rope to a stake in the ground? If you have you might have wondered how that tiny stake and rope could hold such an enormous, powerful creature.

You might have thought it was some high-tensile steel rope with the stake buried 10 feet into the ground. But then you look, and no. It’s just a wooden stake and a frayed-looking rope.

How can this be?

While young and weak an elephant is tied by a heavy chain to an immovable steel stake. No matter how hard the young elephant tries to pull the stake from the ground or break the chain, it cannot. From then on no matter how big and strong the elephant gets it believes that when it’s tied to a stake it cannot move.

As long as the stake is there it is powerless.


The elephant and the stake story relates to mindset and many people act like that. They see an imaginary stake in the ground and relate it to a heavy chain they couldn’t break as a child.

You may have many stakes for your past, but you’re not a child now. You are a powerful being.

You must question yourself so you know what and where those stakes are. Start pulling them from the ground. Some will be so firmly stuck they need wiggling and widening the hole.

But keep wiggling, keep questioning, and they suddenly pull out! Sometimes as they come out you will fall onto your butt and be sore for a time. But, so it goes. That time will pass.

The key is they’re out of the ground.

You are free to move in the direction you choose.

Any direction.

Choose wisely.

As Albus Dumbledore says, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

To your continued success.


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“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
– Albus Dumbledore