The Size of the Person Is More Important Than the Size of the Problem

In his book, The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset, John Maxwell writes about problems and how great leaders see and deal with them. “Our perspective on the problem,” he states, “not the problem itself, usually determines our success or failure (in addressing the problem).” He brings emphasis to his statement with the words of Alfred Armand Montapert: “The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former.” It is how the great leaders perceive problems that determine the success of their outcomes.

The size of the person is more important than the size of the problem,” Maxwell writes. The great leaders’ mindset, confidence, character, passion and enthusiasm are among the key drivers that enable them to accept the excitement and challenge problems present, reminding us of that well-known statement of seeing things as problems or opportunities. For great leaders, problems are always opportunities for great learning, opportunities to challenge themselves and others to push their boundaries and grow. Maxwell’s message is beautiful in its simplicity:  It is the lens that great leaders choose to look through that determines their approach, response and actions.

Maxwell shares his personal definition of problems that has served him on his life’s journey:

P redictors – helping to mold our future.
R eminders – showing us that we cannot succeed alone.
O pportunities – pulling us out of ruts and prompting us to think creatively.
B lessings – opening doors that we would otherwise not go through.
L essons – providing instruction with each new challenge.
E verywhere – telling us that no one is excluded from difficulties.
M essages – warning us of potential disasters.
S olvable – reminding us that every problem has a solution.

On your magnificent journey, remind yourself always of the words of s Soren Kierkegaard: “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” May you experience life’s magnificent reality in its full joy, beauty and richness… beyond your wildest dreams.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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