A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. After a while, every time a monkey would start up the ladder, the others would pull it down and beat it up. After a time, no monkey would dare try climbing the ladder, no matter how great the temptation.
The scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was start to climb the ladder. Immediately, the others pulled him down and beat him up. After several beatings, the new monkey learned never to go up the ladder, even though there was no evident reason not to, aside from the beatings.
The second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey. A third monkey was changed and the same was repeated. The fourth monkey was changed, resulting in the same, before the fifth was finally replaced as well.
What was left was a group of five monkeys that – without ever having received a cold shower – continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder.
If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they beat up on all those who attempted to climb the ladder, their most likely answer would be “I don’t know. It’s just how things are done around here.”
I know many people who continue to do the same things over and over and over…..not even really knowing why…… simply because that’s the way it was always done!
Whether we’re talking about certain business processes in a corporate position, the way we treat our loved ones, how we respond to tense or stressful situations, how we dress, our values, how we are with money, the health of our bodies…..essentially EVERYTHING we do is based on our conditioning!
I heard recently that 90% of the decisions we make are made in our subconscious minds – due to our conditioning or our programming! That means we’re not even thinking about the decisions we make! We’re just making them out of habit! Wow! What an eye opener!
If we aren’t happy with the way things are in our lives, we need to take a serious look at our conditioning, our habits, the things we do day in and day out without even really thinking about it.
When you’re ready for a change…..reach out to me and inquire about personal life coaching. I would love to help you evaluate what you’re doing and how you can improve your results!