Mindset. Lower-down or Power-up

“What We Think, We Become.”  – Buddha

When you Google search the word ‘mindset’ you will find so many definitions. I consider that mindset could be defined as, our capacity to confront challenges or circumstances, either by encouraging or dissuading ourselves, by believing in what we can or cannot do.  

We hear a lot of this word lately, from mostly all the motivational coaches that say, You need to change your mindset in order to succeed. 

Some questions might immediately arouse when hearing this from the speaker who is right there standing in front of you. I know they will, because it happened to me as well, the first time I heard it. Some questions like, How can this be possible?  How do I do this? Why do I need to change my mindset? And so on… 

We naturally are resistant to changes, when we get used to something or we are in our comfort zone, our mind usually tries to ‘protect us’ by giving us all the reasons why we shouldn’t do certain things or convince us unconsciously that we are not capable to do such task. The fear of unfamiliar circumstances and the fear of failing at the end leads us to no decision, no action. 

When you settle to believe you can’t, then definitely you wouldn’t. This is where the change of your mindset begins. 

I will like to share with you a short story, which I consider very empowering. 

The Elephant And The Rope by Sofo Archon. 

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

My friend was amazed.

These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.


How many of us are like the elephant? We convince ourselves that we cannot pursue a specific goal because we failed once. Conditioned by just that time we tried (or even worse, never tried at all) and our mind convinced us, that we will never get that new job, we will not make that extra commission or we cannot be successful.

Learn how to power-up, how to change your mindset to success. Begin by accepting total responsibility for your life, and working in improving YOU so that you can help others.

You will have criticism from people around you, but accept these as part of the process.

Frederick W. Smith – CEO of FedEx, back in his college days at Yale University, for an economy class project, he came up with the idea of outlining overnight delivery service in a computer information age. His teacher told him that his idea was not feasible, and grade him with a C.

Smith founded Federal Express in 1971, the paper he delivered in his economy class was his very first concept for the company he after built which we know nowadays as FedEx.

Always surround yourself with positive and successful people. Learn to act despite the fear or disappointment. Set a goal and always make sure to walk towards to achieve it.

Never stop learning. Never give up.

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