Your greatest challenge is also your greatest opportunity

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Finding more opportunities to move forward puts us back in control and helps us to create the inspiration that is so essential during times of change.

As well as the five types of outcome we can choose to create, there are also five ways that we can choose to learn and grow from a situation: five ways to increase our ability to lead ourselves and others forward.

This makes ten types of opportunity altogether, probably with more than one option under each heading. And you get to choose which option you like best.

Ten years ago the challenges you face today would probably not have arisen for you: you were likely in a different role and you probably didn’t have the skills or experience to create the results you can today. In the same way, the 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.

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

Think of a problem or crisis you faced in the past. What did you learn from the experience? Are you treating the problems you face today as opportunities to learn and/or grow?

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

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