The shell of a lobster is hard and inelastic, and it doesn’t grow over time. So, while the lobsters keep growing during their life, their shell become smaller and smaller. Until one day it gets painful and they have only one option if they want to keep growing; to shed the old shell and create a new one. This process is called moulting. First, the lobsters get rid of the old hard shell. Then, they eat that shell while they slowly create a new and bigger one around their soft body. It takes a week or two for the whole process to complete. While doing so the lobsters, without a shell to protect them, become vulnerable and must find a safe place to hide from predators.
Like for the lobsters, stress, albeit uncomfortable, can be a sign of a yearning to grow.
- Do you feel that there is something more for you in life, but you feel stuck in what you perceive as ordinariness?
- Do you sense a tension in your personal or professional life between your values and your reality?
- Are you burning all your energy keeping the ball rolling instead of creating something that has an impact?
- Do you find it challenging to innovate (or be creative) in an increasingly complex and fast-changing world?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, maybe it’s time for you to crack open the limiting shells that don’t serve you anymore so that your extraordinary potential will be free to expand.
I love to partner with individuals, teams and organisations who are willing to explore those tensions, to question their own status-quo, beliefs, norms and habits, to bring more awareness in their lives, to unlock their human potential and create more innovation.