The challenges we face are not barriers

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A time of change brings many challenges.

Sometimes, feeling frustrated, we wish the 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 our 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.

Sometimes we will discover that we’d rather go and work on something else, something we care about more. That’s OK too. As Steve Jobs showed, your biggest crisis is an opportunity to find what you love.

And when you know the issues you care about, then there are five types of actions you might choose to take, and five different options for how much you might want to learn from the situation.

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.

(Inner Leadership provides tools for every step of the way, so we can use our challenges to 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 to create in the world?


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

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