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Learn to control your elephant
on July 4, 2010
I love parables and alagories. I don't know what it is exactely, maybe it is a return to the cartoon parables we watched in the 50's and 60's, but parables seem to be a great way of illustrating complex issues simply. THE ANT AND THE ELEPHANT is a great little story by Vince Poscente that represents the struggles between our conscious mind (the ant) and our subconscious mind (the elephant).
Late in the book (in the afterword), Poscente explains that in one second of time the conscious mind uses some 2 thousand neurons, but the subconscious mind in the same second of time uses 4 billion neurons. Is it any wonder why we want to do one thing (stop smoking, eat less, exercise more, get to bed earlier, etc) but we end up doing just the opposite? We make decisions with our conscious mind, but let our subconscious mind control our actions.
This story is about Adir, the ant. Adir lives on the back of Elgo the elephant, although at first he doesn't even realize he lives there. Adir and Elgo both want to reach the oasis, representative of our personal goals, but Elgo (the subconscious) keeps leading them astray. Adir, with the help of a very wise mentor and coach, Brio the owl, begins to learn how to control Elgo's actions.
This is a fun little story and is a quick and easy read. I really liked Poscente's writing style. He interjects tidbits of humor into the story and at the end of each chapter, he reviews the action item that needs to be taken. Follow these steps and you will find your oasis.