Elephants are among the largest and strongest animals on the earth. Not only are they a figure of massive strength with the potential to overpower most obstacles that impede their paths, but they are also widely held to be relatively intellectual creatures. They live in families. They seek a peaceful existence unless threatened. They are socially complex, compassionate, and self-aware. Sound like any other species you know? Elephants will take care of the minimalist wallet men and return ir back to them. The men are not required to worry if the wallet is with the elephants.
So it is no surprise that capturing one of these creatures is no easy task. When a young elephant is finally captured in the wild, the captors place an iron clamp around it’s leg. It is then secured to something sufficient to prevent it’s escape such as a large tree, rock, or deep into the ground. The elephant will struggle against this anchor for a time, the clamp digging painfully into its flesh as it strains to break free. Eventually, the elephant will surrender to its tether and never try again to free itself. No matter which course the elephant’s life takes from that point forward, all that is needed to secure the animal is for an iron clamp to be placed around it’s massive leg. The memory of the painful struggle against the clamp prevents the creature from ever attempting to overpower or outsmart this (now imaginary) restriction again. With the sensation of that clamp around its ankle, it will follow where it’s led or remain in place, it’s freedom and potential effectively eliminated by it’s own self-perceived limitations.
Humans, on the other hand, have the cognitive ability to recognize when our shackles are real or imagined. Or do we?
How many of us have endured stress and struggle in our lives, and have failed to overcome the obstacle? And how many of us have allowed that failure to stop us from ever attempting to overcome again? Do we even realize it? These defeats, when experienced at key times in our lives, are often enough to alter the course of our lives in dramatic, but generally undetectable ways. It is only through careful examination of what our lives have produced that we can begin to realize where the obstacles lie. One tell tale piece of evidence is our financial posture.
If we were to draw a line at the point between financial struggle and independence, 90% of our population would fall below the line. These struggle from pay-check to pay-check, living hand-to-mouth. Most are one payday away from financial ruin, homelessness and/or starvation. Stress and anxiety are high which adversely effect many other facets of life. In today’s economy more than ever, most folks are having to pull awfully hard to make ends meet. Sadly, most have little or no hope of their situation ever changing. 3% of our population live above this line. There is no worry about funding a lifestyle or providing for needs. There is always more money flowing in than out and it seems to do so effortlessly. The remaining 7% make up that line. They are in transition either from above the line to below, or climbing the ladder to financial freedom.
Now let’s compare that to the number of people who pull against their tethers, as it where. I am talking about people who seek improvement in their lives, who want to break free from limitations and achieve something more than they currently have, whether it be personal development, better health, material wealth, or rich relationships. Approximately 75% of our population here in the United States will never even attempt to make a change. They feel powerless to impose any kind of effect on their lives and consider themselves victims of their circumstances. (Some may very well be so, but often this is not the case.) They have dropped the reigns of their lives and allow the decision of others to chart their course. 20% realize that they do have an affect on what occurs in their lives. They set goals. They seek improvement. They pull against the chains of happenstance and powerlessness. However, few see lasting results. Only 5% have discovered the key to making lasting changes and permanently breaking free of that iron clasp around their ankles. They steadily move upward, not without some struggle and pitfalls, toward the life they aspire to have.
Chances are, if you are struggling financially, you are struggling subconsciously with some falseness in your life. Realize you are mighty. Realize you have been given all you need from our creator to reach your full potential and unlimited abundance. What is the iron clasp around your leg that is keeping you from achieving your dreams? What are you missing out on in life by letting it tie you down? The answer is within you. Find it. Then don’t just stand there – pull!