Imagine there are ten monkeys on a tiny, hot, desolate island in the middle of a shallow pond.
The pond is right smack in the middle of a virtual paradise full of tropical fruits, other monkeys, toys, shade and lots of fun.
There are rowboats on the island and a bridge that leads across the pond. The pond itself is so shallow that the monkeys could easily wade across it.
- As soon as one of the monkeys attempts to cross the pond in any way, he and all the other monkeys are hit with a powerful firehose of water and sent back onto the island.
- Each monkey attempts to leave the island several times and each time one does this, the entire group gets blasted by the firehose.
- Eventually they just sit on their island and dream about the other side.
…one of the monkeys is removed and replaced by a brand new monkey who doesn’t know about the firehose.
Naturally, this new monkey sees how amazing it is on the other side of the pond and immediately starts to cross it.
This time, however, he is not blasted by a firehose but is pounced on by all the other monkeys who beat him into submission and make him stay on the island – they don’t want him stirring up trouble and they certainly don’t want to get blasted with water again.
…each of the original monkeys is replaced by a new one and each time the group mauls him if he attempts to leave. Eventually all ten are brand new monkeys, none of whom know about or experienced the firehose in the first place.
And they continue to hurt any monkey that trys to leave even though none of them know why.
So the unhappy monkeys stay on the island, keeping each other trapped, and wishing they were on the other side. Because that’s what they’ve been taught – that it’s just plain safer to stay.
What have you been taught about your current situation that just isn’t true?
What have you bought into from others, particularly those who complain about their current life but are too scared to do anything about it?
What have you accepted as a rule that is really just a guideline or has no basis in fact?
What are you pretending not to know?
The bridge is right in front of you.
The water is shallow enough to wade across.
Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
So what are you going to do about it?