I have been wanting to write a blog on the power of pain for some time now as I know how powerful pain can be as a motivator for change and I came across a video on Facebook the other day that inspired me.
A Rabbi told about one of his synagogue members who came to him and asked him why he had experienced such challenges in his life. Why would God want to do this to such a righteous man? The Rabbi then told a story about the Lobster.
Lobsters consist of a soft body covered by a hard shell which protects them. The soft portion of the Lobster can grow to quite a significant size but the outside shell does not grow. When the soft interior of the Lobster grows to such a size the Lobster becomes uncomfortable. It is then that the Lobster seeks the shelter of a rock, where safe and protected, it sheds its shell and then the Lobster can produce another shell, harder and larger than the one it discarded.
The Rabbi then explained that it is the discomforts in life that allow us to grow and become stronger.
The rock is also significant. The rock provided the Lobster with a safe place to develop his shell. If we use this story to explain that life’s discomforts help us to grow think of the rock as your coach. A coach allows you to develop your new shell in a protective and non-judgemental environment. They help you to succeed in life when you are at your most vulnerable and they help you to grow stronger faster.
So if 2016 is going to be the year you come out of your shell, consider hiring a rock (coach) to help you!