The Monarch caterpillar has no choice. From the time it emerges out into the world to become an eating machine, it has but one destiny: it will transform into a Monarch Butterfly. It is a necessary part of its life cycle. It begins life in one form and will end it in an entirely different form. We consider this transformation to be an amazing feat of nature, and yet in viewing it with such awe, we forget that we ourselves often transform in even more dramatic and powerful ways.
There is a crucial difference though: We have a choice: To transform or not to transform?
I work with people who want something better for themselves, for their lives. They are not happy with where they are, and they desire to move into a place that they believe will make them happier, more fulfilled. In the course of my work, I often see people make amazing transformations. Nervous, frightened, timid, anxious people become confident powerhouses of performance and excellence. They transform.
But then they want to transform. They are willing to take the steps and do the work that brings about that transformation. They desire and so choose the transformation. Not all people who are at a miserable place in their lives choose to make such transformations. They know they can become the beautiful, free butterfly, but they opt for remaining the caterpillar and all the limitations that go with that choice. They do this largely out of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of becoming something more, which will introduce a more complex set of responsibilities to their lives. Continue reading