According to Mark Manson, #1 New York Times bestselling author, “Limiting beliefs are false beliefs that prevent us from pursuing our goals and desires. Limiting beliefs can keep you from doing important things, like applying for your dream job or finding the relationship you want (or leaving the one you don’t want)…”

The fact is that we all have certain issues that limit us in life. Indeed, some situation are very limiting, either as a result of lack of resources, a health challenge, an educational disadvantage, a social disadvantage, etc.


Our life is made up of bad and good decisions. Most times, the issues we are dealing with is a function of past decisions, either taken by us or taken for us.

Pause, think, and reflect: What are the good things that have worked or is working for you? What have you achieved/accomplished or achieving/accomplishing; educationally, in career, financially, health wise, family life, etc?

The truth is that ALL the good things that we may have achieved or accomplished are as a result of some RIGHT actions or GOOD decision that was taken by us, or taken by others on our behalf sometimes ago. In the same vein, ALL the unpleasant things that we are also faced with is tied to a past WRONG decision!


… A short story:

The chained ‘Elephant Syndrome’ is about the story of a Baby Elephant that was tied to a strong rope at a young age and is unable to break free because of the rope. Each time the Baby Elephants tries to move, it is restricted by the rope and he goes back. This continued for several weeks and months till he stopped trying.

So as he grew into an adult, the elephant didn’t attempt to break the barrier that the now very weak rope had on its leg. This was because the elephant has been conditioned to accept this constraint. Though now matured, the effect of the limiting condition that the string of rope had created over time has become a self-limiting condition that the elephant has accepted!

This is a true story of elephants and you will see this in elephants used for circus shows.


Pause, think, and reflect: What are the limiting belief systems that are holding you down? In order to overcome limiting beliefs, we must embrace and become productive. Productivity is about taking actions to get increasing results. It is all about enhancing your capacity to do more, achieve more and attain greater impact.


Though there are many issues to deal with in the path of life, the leeway is first to deal with our perception of the issues. Having the right attitude to issues is imperative. If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, indolence or self-pity, we shall triumph.


What we aspire to attain in the next 2, 5, 10 or 20 years is a DECISION we have to take by ourselves. The fact is, WHAT we do about our present situation and circumstance NOW, will determine how our future; family-wise, career-wise, health-wise, financial-wise, etc, will be.

Let’s pause, think, and reflect: What has limited you in life; WHAT self-limiting belief system do you need to deal with?

Whatever be the situation or pose as a limiting condition, don’t remain tied down with the strings of the ‘chained elephant syndrome’.

Let’s pull a little faster.

Let’s push a little more.

Let’s hit a little harder. Let’s try more.

Let’s be more proactive. Let’s be more productive. Let’s ACT in and with WISDOM!

Though things may be tough; let’s try and try and try.

Let’s keep our eyes on the goal, rising above the limitations. And if you need a miracle, keep working and praying until one comes!

…. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

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