Personal Growth Requires Sacrifice: The Perfect Metaphor

Posted by Laurinda Jones | June 2, 2010 | Personal Growth, Sacrifice

When we embark on personal growth, there will be times when we need to be willing to sacrifice a part of ourselves, however painful this sacrifice may be. I remember a time where I unknowingly caused a work colleague to feel inferior even though it was never my intention. I am just grateful that my colleague spoke up and showed me the error of my ways.

While my work colleague was away on annual leave, I, together with the rest of the team, made decisions concerning one of her roles at work. When she returned to work and was told of the changes, she was clearly upset. It was only during the staff meeting a week later that she openly expressed how our decision to change one of her tasks had made her feel as if she had not done her job to our satisfaction.

Being the sensitive person that I am, I apologised but still felt guilty for what I had done. My guilt remained and I had recurring nightmares where no-one at work wanted to be friends with me. “What goes around, comes around”, must have been repeatedly playing in my subconscious mind.

After yet another restless night, I lay in bed wondering how I could learn from this painful experience.

Personal Growth Requires Sacrifice: The Perfect Metaphor

An image of me stripping off a layer of dead skin with the words GROWTH appeared in my mind’s eye and reminded me of a lizard shedding its skin. I immediately understood the message. Just as a lizard has to painstakingly sacrifice its skin in order to grow; I too should be willing to sacrifice my pride, my way of thinking and my guilt if I want to grow and become a better person.

Sacrifice is never easy. So often we cling to a false blanket of security which we have acquired along life’s journey, only to discover that it no longer fits, or maybe never has.

Which part of your psychological-self have you outgrown and are willing to shed? Whatever it may be, always remember the metaphor of the lizard and this one word: GROWTH

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Laurinda Jones

Laurinda has been active in the teaching industry for over 18 years and thrives on supporting others in reaching their full potential. Her journey as a motivational teacher began as an Early Childhood Teacher where she studied the intricacies of human development. This interest later broadened to working with adults in numerous roles which required her to mentor, train and support adults undertaking studies in child development and those running their own businesses as Family Day Care Educators. Laurinda further developed her mentoring and coaching skills when she obtained qualifications as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Counsellor. Laurinda holds a B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Teaching, a Diploma in Children’s Services, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis, a Certificate in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), a Diploma in Religious Studies and a Diploma in Counselling. In February 2017, Laurinda launched her Life Coaching business, The Focus Point, based out of the Gold Coast, Australia. Laurinda has a passion for mentoring and coaching and a desire to impact people’s lives in a meaningful way that benefits their local and broader community. Laurinda is a strong advocate for reconnecting people to nature.

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