One day I was waltzing around on Facebook
(No I was not looking at funny cat videos)
I noticed a client shared a video with me that ended up being VERY profound. In fact, I watched it a couple times to really grasp the message.
It was a video from Dr. Abraham Twerski on how lobsters deal with stress.
You may be wondering, why do I need to know how lobsters deal with stress?
At first, that’s what I thought too.
Most people know, lobsters are a soft (and delicious) animal but they live inside a rigid and hard shell.
However, the shell does NOT expand.
Over time, the lobster grows and begins to feel under pressure… uncomfortable… and limited… in this shell. To deal with this pain it hides underneath rocks, breaks out of its shell, and grows a new one.
But you know what happens?
This shell also eventually gets too small and uncomfortable so it repeats the process.
And it repeats this process over and OVER.
The stimulus for the lobster to grow is the discomfort - the pain.
Pain is the sign that we are hitting our limits.
It’s like doing pushups.
At first maybe we can only do a couple but as our strength increases our capacity to do more increases.
It is the necessary resistance to grow.
Use it to go to the next level.
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