We could all benefit from a little inspiration now and again to pick ourselves up and get back on track.

Whether it’s a thought-provoking quote or a short story, inspiration can strike in many ways and through many different mediums.

Today we’re going to use the powerful short story to brighten your day a little and inspire you to go out into the world and go after your dreams!

Each one conveys a powerful message and should give you ample food for thought.

1) The Elephant Rope

This first story starts with a man walking by a group of elephants and noticing thin rope wrapped around their front legs.

Confused by the sight of such magnificent animals being restrained by such thin rope, the man walked over to a trainer nearby and asked why the elephants weren’t breaking free from the restraint and freeing themselves in the process.

The trainer responded that these elephants had been tied with the same rope from a young age. He explains this conditions them to believe that they can’t break free.

Stunned, the man couldn’t quite believe it. The truth is, these elephants could escape from the rope at a moment’s notice, but they’ve just never tried, and for that reason, they will stay forever stuck.

Are you being held back by your beliefs? This story shows us how we can go through life believing something is impossible, and thus making it so.

When we start to believe in ourselves instead of putting ourselves down, our potential starts to grow exponentially!

2) The Boy and the Starfish

This next story is a compelling tale of how everything you do matters, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

A man was strolling along the beach one day when he noticed a boy was throwing something into the oncoming waves.

He approached the boy, noticing that the boy was throwing starfish into the sea.

Confused, the man asked why the boy was doing such a thing. To which the boy responded: “if these starfish are here when the sun comes up, they will all die.”

“That’s crazy!” the man exclaimed, “this beach is so long, there must be millions of starfish here! Even if you throw hundreds of them in, you won’t be able to save them all.”

“Well, it matters to this starfish” the boy replied while picking up a starfish, “and to this one too”, he said while holding another.

While you may not be able to make a massive difference in some things, a single action can create a powerful domino effect which makes any positive effort worth taking.

If one person donates $1 to a good cause, it doesn’t seem like a lot of money. But if 1,000 people give $1, then it makes a difference. So even if you feel like you won’t make a difference, you should take action anyway.

3) The Quest for Happiness

This story goes to show that we may be looking for happiness in the wrong places.

The story begins at a seminar in which there were 50 people present.

The speaker decided that it would be a good idea to carry out a group activity with all those present. He started to hand out a balloon to each person there. He asked them to write their name on the balloon they were given, and then requested the management for them to take it to a different room.

He then asked the participants to enter the room and find the balloon with their name on it.

Chaos ensued. People were desperately looking for the balloon with their name, at the expense of those around them. There was pushing, shoving, and a lot of shouting.

The activity was stopped. The speaker announced that this is what is happening in all of our lives right now. All of us are frantically searching for happiness, yet without knowing where we’re going.

He concludes by saying that we can find happiness in the happiness of those around us. If we give others joy, we invite happiness into our own lives.

This one made me reflect on how I was always looking for happiness on the inside and found myself unhappy. The moment I started searching for happiness in others, my contentment grew and started to create a lot more impact on this world.