Jump Out of Your Jar – ‘Trapped Flea’ Theory

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Signature Business Solutions wants to encourage our leaders to leave their comfort zones and free themselves from their limitations. (This means we don’t JUST say awesome motivating quotes all day.) We recently shared the  ‘trapped flea’ analogy in a morning meeting. The theory goes over how it’s possible to train fleas not to jump out of a jar even when the lid is removed. If someone places fleas in a jar, they will continuously jump as high as they can, but obviously they will hit the lid over and over. After a while, the fleas will begin to jump just high enough so that they  no longer hit the lid. Once the lid is removed however, the fleas will continue to jump just short of the top of the jar.

Want to know something crazier? If new untrained fleas are added to the jar, they obviously will jump out and escape. The original fleas? They still won’t follow their kin, and will continue their failure of jumping out.

Now the reason this theory is so relevant to our business is that in many ways people behave exactly the same way, and often let past limitations stand in the way of their progress. Signature Business Solutions believes that this behavior is hugely detrimental to success. We are eager to promote the idea that for people to achieve their goals, they need to go beyond these self-imposed limitations. To set an example, rather than follow the crowd.

When our leaders came together to discuss this theory, they wanted to figure out where everything originates. They wanted to know why or when someone could start to put limitations on themselves. We’re aware it could start anywhere, even being a child someone has such high confidence with infinite dreams and aspirations – such as believing they will become a lawyer or an astronaut- these dreams are often subjected to negativity as most people grow up being told certain things, which create limitations. For an example, someone goes through school being told that they are not good at a particular subject, or that they can’t afford to follow a particular path, which creates unconscious limitations later in life that will deter an individual from accomplishing their goals. Signature Business Solutions believes that by recognizing these unconscious limitations that are built on the past, more people will be able to work towards their goals and reach greater success in life.

We shared this analogy because we want to prove that anything is possible with the right mind set. Just because something didn’t go a certain way once, doesn’t mean that is what is destined. Go out there and do what ever it takes to achieve your goals. Stop hitting your head and jump out of your jar!

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