Being Like A Bumblebee

This morning, as I was eating my breakfast, I noticed a bumblebee on the windowsill. For the entire time I ate my breakfast, the bee threw itself against the window, again and again and again, in a futile attempt to get outside.

Even as I left to go about my day, its persistent (albeit fruitless) efforts continued.

It made me think about how we can be like that bumblebee sometimes.

We can expend enormous amounts of energy towards something which, no matter how much effort we put in, it just ‘aint gonna work.

In fact, sometimes we can keep going, becoming exhausted, bruised and battered in the process, without seeing the signs it is time to let go.

We can get really ‘stuck’ – in a metaphorical sense.

As Albert Einstein once said, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting the results you’ve been getting.”

Where are you behaving like that bumblebee in your leadership (and in your life for that matter)?

Where are you expending enormous amounts of energy but getting nowhere?

Where are your current paradigms which you need to let go of, or shift your perspective?

Where could you move more into flow?

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August 1st, 2014|

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  1. Amanda Clegg (@TeacherCoach1) August 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Suzi,
    This was such a great way to help us think about when it is time to stop bashing ourselves up over something which is not within our sphere of influence. Hope the bee got outside in the end ?

  2. paradigms of leadership August 1, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

    A timely reminder…thanks Suzi

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