I was recently on the Padre Island beach enjoying a beautiful day with the waves kissing my feet as I walking along the coastline. I watched the clams get uncovered or washed up on the shore and then burrow back down in the sand. They did this over and over again to avoid being eaten by the seagulls that hovered above. The waves would unbury the clams time and time again for hours on end. I thought to myself, what an interesting existence, to do the same thing over and over and over again merely to survive.
I began to get curious about how many business owners live a similar existence. To burrow down into what appears to be a safe place, only to have the waves of business wash away all that feels safe and secure. How many entrepreneurs are going through the same motions over and over again merely out of survival. I have experienced this in my own business more times than I like to admit. I recognize that it is a learning that likely, every business owner experiences to some degree.
Thankfully we are not clams. We have a higher level of thinking. We get to choose if we operate as the clams do or choose something better. So what does it take to break out of our shell? What is it like to choose a different place for safety?
For myself and my clients, it takes awareness that there is something better. It also takes courage to stop burrowing and to start moving toward something different, even if we don’t know exactly what different means. And most of all it takes a higher level of thinking that that of the clam. Thinking in terms of possibilities instead of survival, in terms of freedom instead of a known comfort zone, in terms of acceptance that waves come and go but it is our calling to do more than just burrow over and over again.
As you look at your business, and life, what areas are you living like a clam? What would it take to break out of your shell and live the life you were truly called for?