Your greatest challenge is also your greatest opportunity

A surfer prepares to surf a large wave

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

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 today. In the same way, situations you found challenging then are probably routine for you now: the abilities you have today are a direct result of the challenges you faced in the past.

What seems like your greatest challenge is actually your greatest opportunity to learn and grow.

No matter what situation you face, there are always five types of outcome you might choose to create and five different ways in which you might choose to learn and grow as you do so. Each of these ten ways forward might easily contain more than one option. And you get to choose which option(s) you prefer.

The biggest wave is the most difficult to surf. It is also the most exciting.

Just thinking this way is another step towards becoming antifragile. Acting this way is another.

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 to learn and grow again?

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

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