Teaching The Caterpillar To Fly
I’d like to share some excerpts from an article by Scott J. Simmerman, Ph.D: Performance Management Company, 1997-2006
Generally, everyone has unrealized potential. Improvement is about understanding and capturing ideas and possibilities, reformulating and restructuring those ideas into a usable form and then transforming them into actions and behaviors.
Two caterpillars are conversing and a beautiful butterfly floats by.
One caterpillar turns and says to the other,
“You’ll never get me up on one of those butterflyl
Consider the meanings of this story. The story also links to some key learning points on leading change and ‘dis-un-empowering’ people, including:
-Even though we often resist change and risk, it is often inevitable!
-Change will occur and we can choose to be active participants and go with the flow–or we can attempt to resist and suffer the stresses.
-Each of us goes through many stages of development, a process that occurs repeatedly over time.
-It’s easier for butterflies to develop perspective on things than it is for caterpillars.
-Caterpillars focus only on eating and survival. There is MORE to life than this.
-What is needed is vision and overall perspective–we’re all on a journey forward.
-We need to be engaged and involved in the process itself rather than feel imprisoned by our environment. Change cannot be done ‘to us’–forcing the action typically generates active resistance to the process.
-Possibilities are endless! Choosing to change is a really important part of improvement.
How can you relate this to YOUR own situation and your recovery?
We all are in a position to determine a great portion of our destiny….what are YOU choosing?