Have you ever heard the parable of the flea? My friend and I were talking recently about living up to our potential and we both talked about the parable of the flea and how it applies to our lives.
A flea can jump 100 times its own height. If that were us, we would be jumping as high as a skyscraper. A flea jumps into a box and before it can hop out someone puts a lid on the box. After a while, it hits the top of the lid. The flea then conditions itself to jump just to the lid and not higher so it doesn’t hurt itself. When the lid is removed, the flea won’t jump out. Remember: it can jump 100 times its height, but it has conditioned itself to not feel pain and to live below its potential.
You and I can do the same thing. When we make a mistake, we feel pain. We have unmet expectations. We have believed what people have said about us. We don’t want to feel the pain so we live just below the expectation. The self-limiting belief is what keeps us from jumping into the growth game.We don’t want to feel the pain so we live just below the expectation. The self-limiting belief is what keeps us from jumping into the growth game.Click To Tweet
What has happened in your past that is keeping you from growth just like the flea? Do you believe you were made for more? Do you believe you were made for greatness?
Do you believe there is a calling on your life to change your world, not the world? You are not going to find a cure for cancer or COVID-19, stop world hunger or end animal abuse by yourself. In your world, you have the potential to change it so it becomes a ripple effect. What is it that you have stopped doing?
What is your fascination factor? What are you naturally good at? What have you put a lid on and you aren’t going to do it anymore?
Are you ready to stop wasting your talent and hop into the growth game and live up to your potential? You can’t let failures stop you from making a difference. Your world needs you. If it is a business idea, your world needs it. If it is a relationship that you want but too afraid to do it, you need to do it and live up to your potential.
It’s time to ditch the status quo and hop into the growth game.