Embrace the Struggle, It’s Necessary

Things often have to fall apart before they can be rebuilt in a much better way. You can’t reach a place of a breakthrough without going through a period of breakdown. The main thing to understand during this period is that any time you are moving nearer to growth and embracing significant change, your fears will surface. That’s just part of the process of developing new skills and awakening more of your natural potential.

Your old foundations and traditional structures need to fall apart, so better ones can be constructed. This is how change works. But out of confusion comes clarity. From chaos always flows order. And if you fearlessly stay with the change process, you’ll actually arrive at a new order that is significantly better than the one that existed before all the transition began. Disruption is usually the beginning of real improvement, showing up. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.

We’ve all heard the story about the caterpillar and the butterfly. One day a spectator watched a caterpillar shedding its cocoon. But it seemed to be having trouble and wasn’t making any progress. So, to be helpful, they pulled out their penknife and cut off the remaining pieces of the cocoon. But rather than emerging as a precious butterfly, the caterpillar quickly died. The spectator later learned that it needed to experience the struggle of moving through the cocoon to grow into a butterfly. And by preventing this from happening, they denied the caterpillar the chance to fly. 

As an adult, I have come to understand that turbulent times and periods of struggle are, in truth, similar opportunities to grow wings…and express our best! We must learn to appreciate the struggle. Please have the day of your choice. Mine will be great.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Dream enormous,

Dr. J