Leaders like elephants can become captive by weak rope. When going through the stages of life: childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and adulthood we encounter a variety of scars and wounds. The journey of life can provide unexpected paths. If we allow these situations to define us, they can hold us captive causing us to become ineffective leaders. It can become the cap to your life and leadership. The story of the elephant and weak rope can illustrate how what might seem like strong chains holding us hostage are really weak ropes.
If you attend a circus you might see an elephants leg tied down by a weak rope. When you see this you might ask why the strong elephant, who can easily break free from the rope, does not escape. The reason is that when an elephant is very young a trainer puts a strong chain around their leg, forcing them to stay in the length of the chain. Even though the elephant might want to and try to break free from the chain, they would not be able to due to the chains strength. They test the strength without any luck so they give up trying.
When the elephant gets older, they remember that they are not able to break the chain so even though a weak rope is now tied to them, they don’t even try to escapes or break the rope even though they easily could.
Your past harmful or negative situations can do the same with you. Even though what might have happened to you was life shattering or altering, you have the choice to forgive and move away from what has happened. Remember, the healthier you are physically, mentally, and spiritually the more effective you will be as a leader.
We can’t change what has happened to us in the past or what will happen to us in the future but we can always choose our response. Determine not to allow the past to hold you captive from the future or your potential. Chose today to become the best person and leader you can by breaking free from the weak ropes (even though they might seem or feel like chains) that could hold you back.
Question: How can a person or leader break free from life’s past negative situations?