What do lobsters have to do with Resilience?!

“A lobster is a softy mushy animal that lives inside a rigid shell. That rigid shell does not expand. Well how can the lobster grow? Well, as the lobster grows, that shell becomes very confining and the lobster finds itself under pressure, and uncomfortable. It goes under a rock formation to protect itself from predatory fish, casts off the shell and produces a new one….and the lobster repeats this numerous times. The stimulus for the lobster to be able to grow is that it feels uncomfortable. Now if lobsters had doctors they would never grow! because as soon as the lobster feels uncomfortable, goes to the doctor, gets a Valium, gets a Percocet…feels fine! Never casts off its shell. So what we have to realise is that Times of Stress are also times that are signals for growth and if we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity.” I just love this piece from Rabbi Dr Abraham Twerski (link below). If you’re ready to cast off your rigid shell and take the risk to grow through transformational coaching, contact me today.

 

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