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The Human Metamorphosis

If you’re seeking insights into human metamorphosis then you’ve come to the right place. Now, as I am sure you know, metamorphosis is a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism. For instance, the caterpillar turns into the pupa and from its stage as a pupa it turns into an adult butterfly.

With that being said, I am no Butterfly… nor can I relate with the automatic and seemingly easy and overnight transformation that they go through due to their nature. I can’t relate to that type of transformation because my transformations have always been earned through effort. Such is the way of human metamorphosis.

YOUR METAMORPHOSIS

Metamorphosis in humans

So, what is metamorphosis in humans? Well, the metamorphosis that I am going through, and that you can likely relate to (and that I hope you’ll actually experience sometime in the near future as well) is more akin to the metamorphism that occurs to rocks. Why rocks?  Well, because I took a geology course in college…so I know exactly what I am talking about!

Joking aside. As I see it, the personal and physical transformations that we undergo in our lives as humans…is more a result of our exposure to external and internal conditions and pressures… much like a metamorphic rock.

Now I don’t want to get too scientific on you; but for the sake of context, let me explain what I mean a bit further.

Metamorphic rocks arise from the transformation of existing rock types, through the process of metamorphism, which leads to some rocks to change form completely.

So, when an original rock is subjected to extreme heat and extreme pressure over time…a profound physical and chemical change occurs in the rock, changing its entire chemical makeup.

Some examples of metamorphic rocks that went through extreme heat and pressure to come into its new form are graphite and diamonds.

So, some of the most beautiful and most valuable rocks in the world…are rocks that have been transformed through intense conditions….

I am confident that there is a parallel here…and we can say the same about people…. about ourselves…

That some of the most beautiful and valuable people in the world, are people that have transformed themselves by putting themselves through intense and extreme conditions. (no plastic surgery doesn’t count)

YOUR CHOICE

Obviously, rocks don’t get to choose the type of conditions they are exposed to, to kick off their metamorphosis.

But we, as free-thinking and free willing humans… get to choose.  We can choose the type of conditions we put ourselves through, and as a result, we get to choose the type of metamorphosis we want to enact.

I express this metaphor because….

Over the past 6 months…. I’ve been purposely putting myself through challenging and intense situations…. through a form of high heat and extreme pressure…so to speak.

I’ve been pushing my limits physically and mentally….as I trained up to compete for an elite obstacle course racing event.

I’ve been dialing up my work-ethic towards my business…striving to squeeze in an extra few hours in whenever I can to ensure that what I am working on is valuable to others…

I’ve been tightening up my routines and habits……waking up an hour earlier, exercising routinely, eating healthier…. reading more, etc.

And Lastly….

I’ve been exposing myself to people who think as big or bigger than me on a weekly basis….

And because of all of these positive activities, a form of metamorphism has occurred for me.

While I am only using the transformation of a rock as a metaphor for change, I believe that similar transformations and change can and do occur in us. Case in point, the human metamorphosis that I’ve gone through has been psychological, spiritual, and physical.

In fact, William James, the famous American and Harvard educated psychologist had a term for such change… he called it, Quantum Change…. Which refers to sudden, dramatic, and enduring transformation that affect a broad range of personal emotion, cognition, and behavior….  A transformation  typically comprised of permanent positive changes.

So be prepared for some changes my friends.

SOME QUESTIONS

Now if you already feel like you are in constant strive mode, but you’re not seeing any results or any changes — don’t fret. Because significant change, lasting change takes time. Also, the good news is that just because change isn’t immediately obvious, doesn’t mean it the change isn’t happening.   In fact, all it really means is that you are increasing the heat and the pressure….you are creating the conditions for a metamorphosis, be it personal, business, spiritual or whatever… so stay disciplined, and whatever happens, do no relent.

Your “break out” moment will happen in due time.

Now this question is not for everyone, maybe you’re happy with where you are in life… maybe you like exactly the way things are… but if there is an ounce or inkling of something inside of you that feels like you want more out of life, or that you can become more… then I want you to consider following:

What kind of actions are you taking to bring about the grander, greater life that you find yourself daydreaming about?

What kind of things are you doing to bring about the grander, greater YOU that you aspire to be?

What purposeful pressure are you applying to your life to help kickstart your own internal transformation process?

What kinds of habits are you fiercely following, to forge yourself, into a new an improved you…into YOU 2.0 or YOU 3.0?

THE START OF CHANGE

Metamorphosis in humans is essentially the start of change. One of my favorite mentors used to always say, “For things to change, you must change, for things to get better, you must get better.”

Think about it, then LET’S GET ON IT!

We all have work to do my friends, both in this world and on ourselves!

Let’s start the process of metamorphosis, let’s start making diamonds!!!

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With that being said, keep hammering away at that greatness my friends…because like ole Friedrich Nietzsche once said…. “To live is to learn, to STRIVE is to become.”

Till next time,

STRIVE

High effort, self-discipline, and fearless action are “my things”.  If you could use a bit more of these life-enhancing attributes, or if you want to be nudged from time to time to start taking action on your goals and dreams, follow me on Twitter.

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