“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” …Nikos Kazantzakis

This is a story about a little elephant. He was very small, much smaller than most elephants his age. In addition to being a small elephant, he had also become somewhat of a “mama’s boy”. So you can imagine how he felt when his owner sold him to a nearby circus without his mother.

After a few days the little elephant ran away and went back to his mother. But to no avail. The circus trainer soon came and took him back, once again, to the circus. This time he attached a heavy chain to little elephant’s leg and then fastened the other end of the chain to a stake which he drove several feet into the ground. No matter how hard he tried, little elephant was not able to break the chain or pull the stake from the ground. But he continued to try – over and over again, day after day; but he was never able to free himself.

Today little elephant weighs several thousand pounds and even though he now has only a loosely tied rope around his ankle, he doesn’t even try to free himself or run away. Why? Because he thinks he can’t.

Often we, too, never reach our potential because we ‘think we can’t.’ We are in effective dealing with changes in the work place because we ‘think we can’t.’

As a very young girl, whenever I said, “I can’t” my dad would say, “You’re right, can’t can’t never do anything.” While it was certainly far from proper English, it was his way of reminding me that I should at least give it my best before I doomed myself to failure. Another of his famous axioms was, “try it; you might like it.”

The interesting thing about motivation is that motivation comes from within oneself. Don’t limit your potential by saying, “I can’t.”

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” …Og Mandino

Pat A.Bishop, People & Solutions, Inc.