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Baby Elephant Syndrome

Are Limiting Beliefs Keeping You From Becoming a PR Star?

I came across a great story on the Internet that I want to share with you this week:

An adult elephant can easily uproot huge trees with its trunk; it can knock down a house without much trouble. When an elephant living in captivity is still a baby, it is tied to a tree with a strong rope or a chain every night. Because it is the nature of elephants to roam free, the baby elephant instinctively tries with all its might to break the rope. But it isn’t yet strong enough to do so.

Realizing its efforts are of no use, it finally gives up and stops struggling. After the baby elephant tries and fails many times, it will never try again for the rest of its life.

Later, when the elephant is fully grown, it can be tied to a small tree with a thin rope. It could then easily free itself by uprooting the tree or breaking the rope. But because its mind has been conditioned by its prior experiences, it doesn’t make the slightest attempt to break free. The powerfully gigantic elephant has limited its present abilities based on the limitations of the past- Baby Elephant Syndrome.

Human being are exactly like the elephant except for one thing-we can choose not to accept the false boundaries and limitations of our past.

How many of us have done this? We talk ourselves out of success. We’re too afraid to pick up the phone and call a reporter because a voice in our head tells us, “The media won’t like this. They’ll probably laugh at me. I’m not even sure if it’s newsworthy.”

Often you end up turning on the news later and watching someone else being featured in a story that you came up with first.

You could have a story that’s ready for Oprah. What’s stopping you? The last time I checked they had phones in Chicago. Call up the show and start pitching your segment idea. The worst thing they can do is say “no.”

Isn’t it time you stopped acting like a trained elephant? The next time you find yourself at the end of your rope, break the rope, uproot the tree and be free!

By | 2017-04-12T12:42:21+00:00 January 14th, 2013|Public Relations Tips|Comments Off on Baby Elephant Syndrome

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