Your greatest challenge is also your greatest opportunity

A surfer prepares to surf a large wave

We’ve seen how even just looking for the opportunities in a situation builds the inspiration that is so essential in a time of change and puts us back in control.

Ten years ago the challenges you face today probably would not have arisen for you: you were likely in a different role and you probably didn’t have the skills or experience to be able to do what you can do now. In the same way, situations you found challenging in the past are probably routine for you now: the abilities you have today are a direct result of the challenges you faced in the past.

This means that what seems like your greatest challenge today is actually your greatest opportunity to learn and grow.

Whatever situations you face there are always ten ways you might choose to respond: there are five types of outcome you might choose to create and five different ways that you could choose to learn and grow. There could easily be more than one option for each. And you get to choose the option(s) you prefer.

Thinking this way is another step towards becoming antifragile: the biggest wave is not only the most difficult it is also the most exciting.

Have you learned or grown from a problem or crisis you faced in the past? Are you treating the ‘problems’ you face today as opportunities?

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

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