THERE was once a man who found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

But it had a swollen body and small, shrivelled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings.

It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were essential for its development. It was nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we went through our lives’ without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

And we could never fly.

We are all at times struggling to break through our cocoons. Be it work, family, relationships or business. Listening to the wrong advice or taking the path well travelled will only lead us further away from our goals, or back to the same conclusions. However, the right advice or a change in the right direction can empower us to spread our wings and soar!

As a coach, we recognise that you have within you, the capabilities to achieve your goals. Just like the butterfly, you have all the strength, power and knowledge to break free of your cocoon. We are here to support and guide you, and respect that in order for you to fly, it is you who has to break through the cocoon.

There are many possible lessons that one can take from this tale. All of them valid, and none of them greater than the other.