The challenges we face are not barriers

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A time of change can bring us many challenges.

Sometimes, frustrated, we wish those problems would go away. But in our work, the challenges we face are not a barrier to our job, they are our job: resolving them is what we are paid to do. And in our personal lives, the challenges we face are not a barrier to our growth, they are exactly the situations we want to learn to deal with: they show us our opportunity for personal growth.

So the first step to addressing these challenges is to see each ‘problem’ as an opportunity. And the bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity.

If we approach each issue as an opportunity in this way then we’ll become more likely to create the results we want. And sometimes we’ll discover that we’d rather go and work on something else instead — something that we care about more. That’s OK too. As Steve Jobs showed, the ultimate opportunity of any situation you find challenging is to use it to find what you truly love.

The bottom line is this: we are not just human beings we are human becomings. And we don’t grow when things are easy: we grow when we face and overcome challenges. And when we learn this as a skill in itself then we become antifragile.

What challenges are you currently facing? Do you see them as problems, or as opportunities on the way to creating what you most want in the world?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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